Mixed news on greening the EU's single market

Report confirms poor compliance with environmental directives, stasis on green taxation

The EU is making only patchy progress towards integrating environmental considerations into its internal market policies, according to a report adopted today by the new competitiveness ministerial council. Despite some improvements, member states' record on implementing environmental single market directives remains poor. The share of environmental taxation is static at best, and possibly falling.

The competitiveness council report provides an update on an internal market council strategy on environmental integration adopted in 2001 (EED 31/05/01). A revised strategy should emerge next year, taking into account the new structure of the competitiveness council and this year's Johannesburg sustainability summit.

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