Green concerns "must be central to EU budget"

The EU must assess the environmental sustainability of all spending in its next five-year budget, according to advisory body the European economic and social council. An opinion due for official adoption next Wednesday calls for an impact assessment on every programme in the 2007-13 financial perspectives. Any that do not meet sustainability criteria should be rejected, it says. Money for agriculture, trans-European networks and structural funds are singled out as of particular concern. The European Commission as proposed elements of the budget over recent months (EED 06/04/05). See press release.

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