Ecofin "fails to tackle integration hot issues"

"Unambitious" report gets cold reception, said to lack clear, incisive strategy, targets

A report released this week by EU finance ministers on integrating environment and sustainable development within economic policies, as part of the so-called Cardiff process, has been branded as unambitious and ineffective.

An EU source close to the process attacked the Ecofin council for shying away from the crucial issues its environmental integration strategy should be addressing, including establishing clear targets for the sector and defining the future role of ecotaxes (EED 13/08/01).

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