It is hoped that the new rules underpinning EMAS will increase its attractiveness compared with the less stringent and more successful ISO 14001 international environmental management standard.
EMAS will "definitely be more competitive," said a German official working with the scheme. Not only will it now be open to a much wider range of organisations, but special consideration had been given to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. The regulation had also been redrafted to "talk an international language...open to all".Follow Up:
European Parliament, tel: +32 2 284 2111, and EMAS third reading report; EU Council of Ministers, and EMAS regulation approval.
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