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Abstract

1. The Community's Environmental Action Programme was launched at the 1972 Summit. It aimed at meeting qualitative needs and at avoiding distortions of competition. 2. The first Programme laid down objectives and principles; and focussed in particular on pollution reduction - especially water pollution. Action has included the adoption of 70 legislative texts - which 3. Action on water pollution has included directives on "dangerous substances"; quality objectives for different uses of water; and on titanium dioxide wastes. For the future, action needed may include diffuse sources of pollution; minimum quality; water resources; and marine pollution. 4. The Community's Third Environmental Action Programme marks a change of emphasis - the preventive approach; integration of environmental needs in other policies, and the wise management of resources. 5. Economic and employment aspects will also be important. So, too, will the combatting of atmospheric pollution - as the Stuttgart Summit recognized in calling for "immediate action". But, however the priorities may change, prevention is cheaper than cleaning up afterwards.

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Authors: FAIRCLOUGH A J CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: WRC CONFERENCE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION STANDARDS, COMPLIANCE, COSTS, KEELE (UK) OCT. 4-6, 1983 - WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31254 ORA
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Record Number: 1989122035900 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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