EU assesses potential of eco-technologies

Commission recommends big increase in research spending to boost green industries

The EU must "substantially increase" both public and private sector research and development funding for environmental technologies to ensure that future economic growth is environmentally sustainable, the European Commission said in a policy paper today.

Responding to a request from heads of government at last year's Gothenburg summit, the paper analyses the potential for growth in EU environmental industries and promises an action plan for promoting them. It is due to be approved by EU leaders in Barcelona this weekend (EED 18/01/02).

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