Ministers back Dimas over better regulation

EU environment ministers virtually unanimous that improved lawmaking must not mean green deregulation

EU environment ministers have given commissioner Stavros Dimas strong moral support as he prepares six more European environmental strategies against resistance from some of his own colleagues.

In a public debate on the EU's 'better regulation' drive on Monday, ministers insisted almost unanimously that the initiative should not be used to weaken or deregulate the bloc's green policies.

"The view has consistently been expressed that better regulation can contribute to better environmental outcomes without undermining our [competitiveness] targets," UK environment minister and session chairman Margaret Beckett said after the debate.

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