POLLUTION, PEOPLE AND POLITICS
The Commission's environmental role is to make proposals that are necessary to respond to public demand for improved quality of life and to avoid technical barriers that are incompatible with the operation of the Common Market.? However decisions on the Commission's proposals require unanimity in the Council. Improved decision-taking processes in the Community are needed, involving the greater use of majority voting. Despite this difficulty, over 100 pieces of environmental legislation have been adopted in a period of some 10 years. This demonstrates strong political support + from Governments, Parliaments and the European Parliament. In the past two years support for environmental policy has strengthened. The European Council has called for action; has stressed the potential of environmental policy for economic growth and job creation; and has designated 1987 as the European Year of the Environment. In preparations for the 1985 World Economic Summit, "high environmental quality objectives" were seen as "the way ahead". As standards grow tighter, problems will grow over waste management. Much greater efforts will be needed to reduce arisings and to increase re-use and recycling. These needs are also challenges which can assist innovation and the creation of new techniques; and can also be positive in economic and employment terms. Stimulants for these changes will come from the wider application of the "Polluter Pays Principle" and the setting of standards on the basis of best available technology. The European Year of the Environment + which is aimed at changing attitudes as to the importance of the environment + offers a unique opportunity to make progress in meeting these challenges.
Bibliographic Reference: MEETING OF THE SCI WATER AND ENVIRONMENT GROUP, LONDON (UK), OCT. 2, 1985 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32531 ORA
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