Just three days before EU ministers gather in Luxembourg for a special employment summit, the European Commission has published a report to show how environmental protection can at the same time contribute to job creation. "It is now clear that environment and employment are mutually compatible", said EU Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard yesterday. Echoing the conclusions of a study it commissioned earlier this year (ENDS Daily 23 May), the Commission says the 3.5 million people already working in environmentally related jobs could be greatly increased if EU countries shifted the burden of taxation from labour to resources and invested in urban regeneration, public transport, energy efficiency and greater renewable energy use. Last month, environmental groups urged EU ministers to adopt thorough reforms of agricultural, energy and fiscal policies in order to promote jobs while protecting the environment ( ENDS Daily 31 October
European Commission, tel: + 32 2 295 1111; References: "Communication on Environment and Employment (Building a Sustainable Europe)."
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