EU accession countries are breaking the bank to come into line with EU environmental standards. Yet any improvements made are likely to be lost unless European leaders show more committed leadership. You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber. Not a subscriber? Subscribe today for access to: Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles). You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.