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Abstract

The Community's Environmental Action Programme was launched in 1972 and already spelled out the principles and objectives to be followed. There has been a high degree of political support for action under it and its successors (now strongly reinforced at this year's Stuttgart European Council meeting) and some 70 legislative texts have to date been adopted. The Third Environmental Action Programme - adopted in February 1983 - stresses prevention rather than cure and recognizes the need to integrate environmental requirements into the planning and executive of the Community's overall socio-economic activities. The Sixth Amendment on the premarketing notification of new chemicals and the proposed Environmental Impact Assessment Directive are highlighted as key examples of the preventive approach. Emphasis is also placed on wise resource management. And the need for environmental action to contribute to finding solutions to the economic and employment problems of the day is stressed. Finally, looking to the future and bearing in mind the European Council's conclusions, it is clear that the field of air pollution will be one of the priority areas for Community action. Other such areas may include waste management and the protection of the Mediterranean. Whatever the specific priorities, however, the central message is clear - a preventive environmental policy is essential - and will pay.

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Authors: FAIRCLOUGH A J CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: XVIITH SYMPOSIUM ON DEVELOPING ISSUES AND NEW LEGISLATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, BRUXELLES (BELGIUM), OCT. 6-7, 1983 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31359 ORA
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Record Number: 1989122058900 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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