EU foreign ministers adopt Cardiff strategy

Environmental integration report seen strong on external affairs, weak on trade, lacking indicators

Foreign ministers yesterday adopted a strategy for incorporating environmental concerns into their activities under the EU's Cardiff integration process. The report is the ninth and final strategy to be adopted by various council formations since the process began under the British EU presidency in 1998.

At almost 40 pages, the "general affairs council" report is over ten times the size of equivalent reports from some other ministerial groupings. But despite an explicit requirement under the Cardiff mandate, it lacks timetables for achieving objectives and indicators to verify progress.

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