Environment gains some ground in EU reform treaty

"Nothing to fear" from revised EU treaty, say environmentalists, but greatest hope lies in changes to CAP decision-making

Environment groups have given a cautious welcome to the revised EU treaty approved by heads of state and government at a summit in Lisbon in the early hours of Friday. There has been no scaling back of the bloc's environmental ambitions, observers say, and the new text includes some changes that should enhance environmental protection.

John Hontelez, secretary general of the European environmental bureau (EEB), told ENDS there were "some clear advantages" in the new treaty. He pointed to the addition of a new chapter on energy policy, for which the EU and its member states will share decision making responsibility in future. One of the stated goals of EU energy policy will be to "promote energy efficiency and energy saving and the development of new and renewable forms of energy".

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