EEB: MEMORANDUM TO THE GERMAN PRESIDENCY.
Summary:The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), which represents 132 ecological organisations throughout Europe, presented its traditional memorandum to the new German Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers on January 27. As is customary, the EEB singles out ten areas where it wants to see substantial progress over the next six months.
The EEB calls for concrete action to break through blockades that have existed for several years, notably in respect of environmental and energy taxes, with the German Presidency converting broad enthusiasm into real progress through an intensive EU-level debate. The EEB rejects any notion of a decision to postpone the abolition of duty-free sales on intra-Community journeys.
EEB Secretary-General John Hontelez indicates that his organisation has high hopes that the German Presidency will promote EU progress on two instruments vital to the introduction of a pro-active approach to the environment, namely strategic environmental assessment (with the Council still to adopt a common position) and environmental liability (the EEB arguing that the Commission should be given a mandate to draw up a Directive).
The EEB regards 1999 as a crucial year for Europe, with important decisions expected on reform of the Community's agricultural and structural policies and a serious debate on integrating environmental policy and sustainable development into other policy areas at the Helsinki European Council in December. The EEB emphasises the need to place the environment at the heart of enlargement negotiations and calls for a public debate within the Council on progress made thus far and on environmental screening.
Finally, the EEB expects the Member States to make real progress on the proposal for a Framework Directive on water, the proposed review of the Directive concerning large combustion installations (inclusion of existing plants), the review of Community policy on chemicals and the introduction of the principle of prevention and producer liability in the prevention and management of waste.
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|Date:||Feb 2, 1999|
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