EU leaders call for joined-up green policies

Bloc's sustainable development strategy must be linked more closely to national plans, say heads of government

The EU's revised sustainable development strategy (SDS) should be more closely linked to national sustainability strategies, European heads of state and government said last week.

Leaders of the EU's 27 member states adopted a resolution on environmental issues at their final summit meeting of 2007 in Brussels on Friday.  It included their response to a recent European commission progress report on the SDS.  This concluded that progress has been "modest" since the strategy was relaunched in 2006 (EED 24/10/07).

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