Commission salutes EU accession progress

Annual report highlights encouraging results on adoption of EU environmental laws

Eastern European and Mediterranean countries preparing to join the EU are making good progress in adopting its environmental laws, the European Commission said yesterday in its annual EU enlargement progress report. The positive assessment follows a similar evaluation last year; previously, accession countries had received a blasting over failure to devote resources to the environment (EED 14/10/99).

Despite its encouraging tone, the Commission still warned that much more was needed to strengthen administrative capacity and the monitoring and enforcement of laws. The waste, water and chemical sectors require particular attention, it said.

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