Environmental policy standards are a guide for creating green policies of party and elective programs, a guide for leaders of legislative and executive authorities at regional, national and local levels, which aim at providing a sustainable development of the community and better quality life of its citizens.
Ten BELLS standards for protection and improvement of the environment
- Include European values of sustainable development and environment in its policy program and all elective programs at national, regional and local levels.
- Give more importance to the environmental policy by treating environmental matters equivalently with social, economic and security policies, thus providing preconditions for sustainable development;
- One of the priorities in political action is constant harmonization of national policies of environment and sustainable development with the European Union policies, as well as adoption and ratification of international documents relating to the environment, and putting an emphasis on their effective implementation;
- Provide closer and continuous cooperation and dialogue with civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations, professional public and other stakeholders;
- Active work on creating an ambient for opening and functioning of green businesses;
- Parliamentary and party action orientated towards improvement of environmental quality and provision of conditions for sustainable development, including reduction of negative impacts of other sectors’ development (agriculture, transport, energy industry, mining, etc.) on environmental sustainability;
- Action aimed at providing conditions for implementation of years-long action programs for environment and sustainable development, at national, regional and local levels, including investment in education, training and scientific research in these areas,
- Emphasizing by way of personal example and active advocacy of the program of environmental protection and improvement, through sustainable exploitation of natural resources, encouraging recycling programs and sustainable waste management, responsible energy and water consumption, encouraging green public procurements, education of the membership, application of environmental and sustainable development policies and laws in practice, promotion of a responsible attitude towards the environment and climate changes, health and future generations,
- Make efforts to include environmental matters in other sectoral policies as well, by achieving inter-sectoral cooperation, thus creating conditions for environmental sustainability and sustainable development,
- As an imperative of policy action, apply principles of the Aarhus Convention (Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters).