Spain's new environment minister an old hand

Spanish socialist environment spokesperson Cristina Narbona will head the environment ministry in Spain's new government, it has emerged (EED 15/03/04). The government has yet to confirm the appointment. She was a junior environment minister from 1993 to 1996 and has been opposition spokeswoman on green issues since. Ms Narbona faces a frenzied first few months drawing up a Kyoto emission trading allocation plan and designing a new water strategy. She has accused the previous government of "treating the EU like a bank" and promises to request funding only for "viable projects in harmony with European policy". See Spanish environment ministry.

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