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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