Council backs slimline sustainability metrics

Foreign ministers are expected to approve a "shortlist" of progress indicators tracking EU economic and environmental policies. The list was drawn up by the European Commission for its annual sustainability report (EED 13/10/03). A draft resolution agreed by council committees backs the 13-point list, which includes only one direct environmental indicator (climate emissions) and two indirect ones (energy intensity and transport volume). The resolution warns the Commission not to use the list to rank EU countries, but says it could facilitate comparisons with Japan and the USA. See draft conclusions.

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