Accession countries to win from EU green laws

Study shows large net financial benefit from spending to meet water, air, waste, standards

EU candidate countries will benefit financially from implementing the bloc's environmental laws despite the large investment costs needed, and the net benefit will rise further with speedier implementation, a major study of environmental progress in accession countries has concluded.

Compiled by UK consultancy Ecotec for the European Commission's environment directorate, the analysis covers thirteen likely future EU members - ten central and eastern European (CEE) states plus Cyprus, Malta and Turkey. It estimates the benefits of meeting standards set in major EU directives on water, air and waste.

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