EU heads of government agreed to create a charter of EU fundamental rights in June 1999. Its text is being negotiated by governments plus the European Commission and Parliament, which will hold further talks in Biarritz, France, on Friday, and expect to reach final agreement in December.
In its latest draft, the charter's article 37 specifies that: "A high level of environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of the environment must be integrated into the policies of the Union and ensured in accordance with the principles of sustainable development". Cede is calling for this to be strengthened so as to guarantee EU citizens "an individual right to a clean environment or to environmental protection".
In a September communication on the draft charter, the European Commission singled out the right to environmental protection as an area which it had hoped would be expressed "more forcefully".
Council of Ministers, tel: +32 2 285 6111;
Please enter your details
Not a subscriber?
Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.