EU environment forum membership announced

Norwegian ambassador to Denmark to head revamped advisory body

EU Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard today formally appointed members to the European Consultative Forum on the Environment and Sustainable Development. The 32-strong group, which advises the European Commission, will hold its official inaugural meeting on 5 June, World Environment Day. In practice, it has already begun work. After operating from 1993 to 1996, the words "sustainable development" were added to the group's title in February. In March, the group called for sustainability thinking to be integrated into EU foreign policy (ENDS Daily 11 March). The new-look forum is headed by Thorvald Stoltenberg, Norway's ambassador to Denmark and a former Norwegian foreign minister. Other members come from business, governments and environmental groups in all EU countries, as well as Norway, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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