EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas has insisted that intelligent environmental regulation is a vehicle for long-term economic competitiveness, not an alternative. In a speech in Brussels on Thursday, Mr Dimas dismissed what he called three myths that environmental rules force industries out of the EU or destroy jobs or diminish competitiveness. Calls for less spending on environmental protection ignore the costs of not taking action, he said. Better regulation will help make environmental rules more efficient, making "the engine run even faster and stronger". See speech.
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