Governments backtrack over EU action plan

Quantified targets few and far between in revised 6EAP despite ministers' earlier demands

EU environment ministers yesterday approved a new ten-year environmental action programme (EAP) for the bloc. The revised document is far from including the ambitious list of concrete and detailed goals demanded when the same ministers criticised the European Commission’s original draft for the sixth EAP (6EAP) for being too vague (ENDS Daily 8 March).

The programme sets out objectives to be achieved by 2010 in four action areas, through seven thematic strategies tackling air quality, the marine environment, resource use, pesticides, waste recovery, land-use issues and the urban environment.

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