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Relevant European Policies

The principal policies that set a research agenda for this Key Action are:

1. Treaty establishing the European Community (1998)

Article 2. ... to promote throughout the Community a harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of economic activities, a high level of employment and of social protection, equality between men and women, sustainable and non-inflationary growth, a high degree of competitiveness and convergence of economic performance, a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment, the raising of the standard of living and quality of life, and economic and social cohesion and solidarity among Member States.

Article 6. Environmental protection requirements must be integrated into the definition and implementation of the Community policies and activities referred to in Article 3, in particular with a view to promoting sustainable development.

Article 157. ... ensure that the conditions necessary for the competitiveness of the Community's industry exist through:

  • speeding up the adjustment of industry to structural changes; encouraging an environment favourable to initiative and to the development of undertakings throughout the Community, particularly SMEs;

  • encouraging an environment favourable to cooperation between undertakings;

  • fostering better exploitation of the industrial potential of policies of innovation, research and technological development.

Article 163. ... strengthening the scientific and technological bases of Community industry and encouraging it to become more competitive at international level.

2. Sixth Environment Action Programme COM(2001) 31

Linking environmental sustainability and the quality of urban life through:

  • developing a comprehensive approach for EU activities on urban issues

  • public authorities in Member States providing data on urban environment issues on a comparable basis; work on the development of urban indicators

  • local authorities developing and implementing Local Agenda 21 initiatives

3. http://www.inforegio.ec.europa.eu/urban/forum/src/ppaper03.htm

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