Bid to green Portuguese election campaign

Pressure group Quercus lists 20 environmental demands for country's next government

Portugal's biggest environmental group, Quercus, yesterday attempted to put environmental policy centre-stage in the run-up to national elections on 17 March by recommending 20 green priorities for the next government. Effective and speedy compliance with EU legislation is top of the list, a reference to the current Socialist administration's failure to transpose a single environmental directive on time.

Quercus also called for a major rethink of policy on the coincineration of hazardous waste in industrial plants, one of the few environmental issues visible in the election campaign. The centre-right opposition Social Democrat party (PSD) has capitalised on public hostility by promising to scrap the practice in favour of dedicated hazardous waste incineration plants.

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