The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are seeking UK businesses and organisations’ views on European Union environmental policy.

The review forms part of the coalition government’s ongoing examination of EU policies and the balance of power between the EU and the UK.    

Businesses and organisations are being asked for their views on European Union policies to find out whether being a part of the EU helps or hinders their work on the environment and climate change.

Interested groups will be asked whether the UK would benefit from the EU taking more or less action on environmental issues when the consultation opens on 12 August, 2013.   

Environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “This is the first time that people are being asked directly how individual EU policies affect them and their businesses. It’s important that we understand how policies on the environment and climate change affect people living and working with them in everyday life.

Energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey, added: “The Balance of Competences Review is an opportunity for people and interest groups from across the spectrum to have their say on how the action we take to tackle climate change in the EU and beyond impacts on the UK.

DECC and Defra expect the findings to be published in winter 2014.