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The 6th Environmental Action Programme calls for a number of inter-related measures designed to reduce the environmental impacts of resource use in line with the EU�s Sustainable Development Strategy. This includes a thematic strategy on the recycling of waste and initiatives in the field of waste prevention, notably proposals on Community waste prevention targets. This Communication is a first contribution to the development of a thematic strategy that will cover both waste prevention and recycling. It is the starting point of a consultation process which will continue until the Commission adopts proposals both for the overall framework of the thematic strategy and for the individual measures through which the strategy will be implemented. All stakeholders are invited to provide comments on this Communication by 30 November 2003. The final Strategy will be produced in 2004.

In relation to R&D issues, the Communication says that many projects addressing waste collection and recycling have been and are currently funded within the FP6 and LIFE Environment programmes. It will therefore be important to identify themes for future research within the relevant thematic priorities of FP6 and to ensure that the LIFE guidelines reflect the priorities for the recycling strategy as this develops.

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