MEPs bid to boost EU forest funding

MEPs have voted to increase the budget of a planned four-year EU forest research programme by more than a quarter, from €52m to €67m. The European parliament last week also made extensive textual changes to a proposal issued by the European Commission last summer (EED 19/07/02). These put more emphasis on forest fire prevention and alter the Commission's proposed definition of forested land. The changes must be considered by EU governments before a second reading and possible conciliation. See parliamentary texts adopted (on 13 February 2003).

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