EU sustainability plan heading for a fall

Key elements of Commission proposal drop like flies as climate disagreements confirmed

EU leaders are preparing to substantially weaken a sustainable development strategy presented to them for adoption by the European Commission. At their half-yearly summit in Gothenburg, heads of state are likely to decide on overall objectives for sustainability without setting concrete targets or deadlines for action.

As ENDS Europe DAILY was published this evening the European Council was discussing a "non-paper" prepared by the Swedish presidency for adoption on Saturday. The paper proposes to focus the sustainability strategy on four of the seven key areas picked out by Commission: climate change, public health, transport congestion and natural resource depletion (EED 16/05/01).

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