Iceland and Croatia lead EU candidates’ green efforts

Iceland and Croatia are leading the field among the next wave of candidates for EU accession, partly due to strong environmental progress, the European Commission said today.

In its annual “enlargement package” the commission reported on achievements and challenges for four candidates: Iceland, Croatia, Turkey and Macedonia, and five potential candidates: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.

Iceland has had a head start in its environmental preparations through its membership of the European Economic Area, which means that much of its legislation is already in line with the EU acquis.

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