THE CEC'S ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION PROGRAMME - THE PREVENTIVE APPROACH
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. Ten years later, at this year's Stuttgart Summit, the Environment was again a major preoccupation. The conclusions demanded urgent action, particularly on atmospheric pollution. 3. 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 demonstrates a high degree of political commitment. 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. Economic and employment aspects will also be important. 5. For the future a more active phase of environmental policy seems likely. Action on air pollution will be a high priority; likewise the better management of waste and action to protect the Mediterranean will be important. 6. The aim must be to get environmental protection accepted as simply a necessary part of good management.
Bibliographic Reference: THE CENTENARY YEAR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONGRESS, BRIGHTON (UK), SEPT 5-8, 1983 - WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31255
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