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In March 2002, the Commission issued a Communication on (Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development) which argued that environmental technology could contribute to sustainable development by protecting our environment and at the same time contributing to economic growth. However, at present market barriers and a number of other obstacles prevent them from realising their full potential. The Barcelona European Council approved the Commision s proposal to develop an action plan to tackle obstacles to the development, take-up and use of environmental technologies. To deliver a strategic and concrete action plan requires the participation of all stakeholders throughout the whole policy chain. To facilitate this process, the Commission services have prepared this Communication on the first findings as a starting point of the consultation with stakeholders.

In developing the action plan the Commission has decided to focus on four environmental issues: climate change, soil protection, sustainable production and consumption, and water. These issues are all linked to the priority areas identified in the 6th Environmental Action Programme. They are also covered by the Sixth Framework Programme for Research. The aim is to identify promising technologies, any barriers holding them back, and the appropriate measures to overcome these barriers. This Communication sets out a number of issues emerging from its preliminary analysis, and invites feedback from stakeholders on them. It also invites Member States and Candidate Counties to participate in the debate.

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