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German agency defends active green policies

Germany's environment agency has warned against any slowdown in European environmental protection efforts in its latest annual report. If the EU stops investing "we would have to pay twice as much to handle the costs in the near future," insisted agency president Andreas Troge. Germany especially, but also Europe as a whole, would also lose opportunities to exploit markets for new technologies, he said. The report comes against a background of uncertainty over the future of German environmental policy following inconclusive elections (EED 23/09/05). See press release and report.

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