The two ministers, who met in Rome on Thursday, said they were worried about European countries' likely failure to meet the greenhouse gas emissions ceilings set by the Kyoto Protocol. The EU should agree on a common position on ratification, ahead of the Hague conference on climate change (COP6), time-tabled for June 2001, Mr Bordon and Ms Voynet agreed.
The need to incorporate environmental accounting within economic and industrial policy was also a priority, while continuing caution was needed on genetically modified foods, the ministers concurred.
Italian environment ministry, tel: +39 06 57 22 52 80.
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