Denmark sets out ambitious EU green agenda

Emissions trading, gene-food tracking and labelling, picked out for priority treatment

Denmark takes over the EU's rotating six-month presidency on Monday carrying a long and ambitious environment policy agenda for its term directing the bloc's business. Key aims are to secure ministerial agreements on carbon dioxide emission trading and rules for tracking and labelling genetically modified foods. Other points of focus will be a draft environmental liability directive and a new EU chemicals policy.

Denmark takes over from a Spanish presidency that has pursued a relatively restrained environmental agenda, with national priorities lying elsewhere. The Danes' own overriding political priority, meanwhile, will be to complete accession negotiations with EU candidate countries with a view to enlarging the EU in 2004.

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