Sweden insists on simpler environmental code

A committee monitoring the implementation of Sweden's ambitious "environmental code" has delivered its fourth report on proposals for simplifying the system. Noting that the code had caused much "unnecessary wrangling" since coming into force in 1999, the environment ministry insisted that its aim was to speed up administrative procedures, particularly for smaller companies, and bring regulations more into line with EU practice. The panel, which operates under the environmental protection agency, stressed that the proposals involve "no easing of standards for protecting the environment". See environment ministry press release.

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