New EU presidency put to the test
The European environmental bureau (EEB) today presented a memorandum detailing the ten issues on which it will judge the Greek presidency's six-month term at the helm of the EU. Top priorities for the EEB are reform of the bloc's chemicals policy and common agricultural policy. The other topics under scrutiny are: sustainable development, environmental policy integration, environmental liability, governance, genetically modified organisms, pesticides, climate change and biodiversity. The Greek government has said it aims to reach ministerial agreement on environmental liability, but not on chemical policy (EED 07/01/03). See press release and memorandum.