THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
Community environment policy, which was launched in 1972 is essentially preventive. Over 12 years more than 100 legal measures have been adopted. In the Third Environmental Action Programme it is recognized that environmental protection must be at the heart of the Community's overall economic and social policies; it is the basis of sound development. Prior environmental impact assessment is essential. Environmental measures have to be agreed unanimously in the Council of Ministers. That so much has been achieved despite this is a measure of political support. Parliament also has given strong support. There are clearly implications for industry. And requirements are strengthening as standards are increasingly based on best available technology + at least for new plant. Close discussion with industry is essential. The chemical industry and the motor industry are taken as examples to illustrate how major progress can be achieved (in the control of new chemicals and over motor vehicle emissions) whilst even benefitting industry + at least by providing certainty as to regulatory requirements. The latest development is that, increasingly, strict environmental standards are being perceived + at high political levels + as being not merely necessary in their own right, but also as contributing to improved economic growth and job creation.
Bibliographic Reference: SEMINAR ON INDUSTRY AND THE REGULATORY AGENCIES, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (UK), APRIL 20-26, 1985 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32348 ORA
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Record Number: 1989124018800 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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