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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the [...] External Action: Thematic Programme For Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy, COM(2006) 20 final

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Abstract

In an effort to rationalise and simplify the current legislative framework governing external actions of the Community, the European Commission has proposed a set of six new instruments under the Financial Perspectives 2007 to 2013. Three of the instruments (for humanitarian aid, for stability and for macro-financial assistance) are of a horizontal nature and will respond to particular needs and circumstances. The other three (for preaccession assistance, for supporting the European neighbourhood and partnership policy and for development cooperation and economic cooperation) are designed to implement specific policies and have a defined geographical coverage. In future, these instruments will provide the basic legislative acts for Community expenditure in support of external cooperation programmes, including appropriate thematic programmes, and will replace, inter alia, the existing thematic regulations.
According to these proposals, thematic programmes provide distinctive value added and comprise activities complementing geographical programmes, which continue to be the privileged framework for Community cooperation with third countries.
The Commission has committed itself to entering into discussions with the European Parliament and the Council on the scope, objectives and priorities of each thematic programme, on the basis of formal communications to both Institutions. The result of this process will provide policy guidelines for the subsequent stages of programming, notably the external thematic strategy papers to be drawn up in accordance with the provisions of the above instruments.
A thematic programme for the environment and sustainable management of natural resources, including energy, is proposed to address the environmental dimension of development and other external policies as well as to help promote the European Union's environmental and energy policies abroad.

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Record Number: 7258 / Last updated on: 2006-03-21
Category: COM DOCUMENT