Experts challenge EU "green deregulation"

Commission's modernisation agenda could undermine environmental protection, say European advisory councils

A coalition of 14 environmental advisory councils from nine countries has warned that an emerging EU debate on new directions in green governance risks undermining environmental protection. The councils assert that "direct regulatory intervention" must retain the central role in EU environmental policies.

A position paper drawn up by the network of European environmental advisory councils (EEAC) responds to a series of Commission initiatives. These include a white paper on European governance issued in 2001 plus proposals for better regulation and for voluntary approaches in environmental policy, both issued in 2002.

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