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Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: 2005 Environment Policy Review {SEC(2006) 218} COM(2006) 70 final

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Abstract

2005 was a year of challenges for environment policy. Taking a broad view, three main sets of events defined the year:
- Major steps have been taken in the fight against climate change. The Kyoto Protocol entered into force and the world�s biggest emissions trading scheme for CO2 began in the EU. The Montreal Climate Change Conference paved the way for post-2012 global action, including ways to engage countries currently outside Kyoto commitments.
- The foundations of the next generation of environment policy were laid with the Commission's adoption by January 2006 of 5 thematic strategies. They frame actions for the next two decades on: Air pollution, Marine environment, Urban environment, Use of resources, and Waste. Work on another 2 - Soil protection and Pesticides - has progressed well, with adoption expected in early 2006. In addition, important progress has been made in the Council and Parliament on Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH), on course for 2006 adoption.
- The review of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy provided a new framework for addressing long-term economic, social and environmental trends and their synergies. The renewal of the Lisbon strategy for Growth and Jobs and the production of national reform programmes by Member States highlighted the role of environment in growth, competitiveness and employment. All this happened against a backdrop of pressure on natural resources worldwide, increased oil prices and climate-related disasters in Europe, which showed the dependence of our economies and societies on the environment.
This Review describes the most important issues for EU environment policy during 2005. In the first chapter, it examines environment policy's part in the Lisbon strategy for Growth and Jobs. It then summarises the year's main policy developments in the four priority areas of the 6th Environment Action Programme, presents newly released evidence, and outlines aspects of 2006 actions.

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Record Number: 7367 / Last updated on: 2006-04-27
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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