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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the review of the Sustainable Development Strategy: A platform for action, COM(2005) 658 final

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Abstract

Europeans value quality of life. They want to enjoy prosperity, a clean environment, good health, social protection and equity. They want this not only for themselves but for their children and grandchildren. In the face of a rapidly changing world - a world in which the pace of change can seriously challenge the capacity of the economy, the social fabric and nature to adjust - Europe needs to modernise and keep at the forefront of change. The challenge is to maintain a momentum that mutually reinforces economic growth, social welfare and environment protection.
This challenge and the imperative for change were recognised by the European Council in Gothenburg in 2001 with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Strategy to which an external dimension was added in 2002 at the European Council in Barcelona. The principles and objectives of sustainable development - economic prosperity, social equity, environment protection and international responsibilities - were reaffirmed by the European Council in June 2005 when they adopted guiding principles for sustainable development and figured centrally in the discussions of European Heads of State and Government at Hampton Court in October 2005.
Europe has made a good start in applying these principles of sustainable development. Important initiatives have been taken in the renewed Lisbon process, in the social sphere and in the pursuit of environment protection. However, the rapid pace of change requires the stepping up of efforts to keep Europe on a sustainable path. With a strengthened commitment to growth and jobs, combined with a determination to preserve and protect Europe�s social and natural heritage, to exploit knowledge, to foster innovation, to approach policy development in an integrated way and to provide financial means, it can be done.

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Record Number: 7265 / Last updated on: 2006-03-21
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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