Czech efforts to improve environment "waning"

OECD review finds sharp drop in environmental investment as pollution reduction slows

The Czech Republic should increase pollution charges and consider product charges to counter a marked slow-down in the rate of environmental improvement, according to a major new report from the Organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD).

Progress to reduce pollution and energy intensity been "lacking" since the late 1990s, concludes the OECD's Environmental Performance Review of the country, which joined the EU last year. The trend is partly explained by a "sharp drop" in Czech environmental investment, from 2.5% of GDP in 1997 to 0.7% in 2002.

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