Greener EU procurement rules urged

Environmentalists, municipalities, warn new directive will reverse environmental purchasing policies

Environmentalists and local councils joined forces today to demand a green shift in European Commission plans to revise EU public procurement legislation. WWF, representing eight other campaign groups, and the Council of European municipalities and regions (CEMR), said the current proposals would curtail rather than enhance authorities' ability to protect the environment through public buying decisions.

"The fear is that the new directives are actually more restrictive than [those] they are seeking to replace," Tony Long of WWF said. MEPs and finance ministers are expected to complete their first reading of the package later this year, after it was proposed last spring (EED 26/05/00).

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