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Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European [...] "Mid Term Review of the European Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010" COM(2007) 314 final

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Abstract

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee [...] "Mid Term Review of the European Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010" COM(2007) 314 final

European citizens are concerned about the environment they live in, about their health and about their quality of life. Six out of ten European citizens consider that it is "very" or "fairly likely" that environmental pollution will damage their health and that the European Union is not doing enough. European citizens also indicated that the environment is a driving force for innovation, and that environmental protection policies are incentives to progress rather than obstacles to economic performance.

In order to address these concerns, the Commission had adopted the European Environment & Health Strategy in June 2003. This Strategy had the ultimate objectives to reduce the disease burden caused by environmental factors in the EU, to identify and to prevent new health threats caused by environmental factors and to strengthen EU capacity for policymaking in this area. The Strategy was followed up by the European Environment & Health Action Plan 2004-2010, which emphasised the need to develop a good information base, including a coordinated approach to human biomonitoring, and the necessity to strengthen research on environment and health with the aim to make the assessment of the environmental impact on human health more efficient. Both the Strategy and the Action Plan got the support from the other EU institutions.

Clear indication of the importance given to the impacts of the environment on public health was also included in Europe's vision for the future in the renewed Sustainable Development Strategy agreed by the Council in June 2006. Moreover, savings made and to be made in the health sector by taking appropriate action contribute to the goals of the Lisbon Agenda.

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Record Number: 8628 / Last updated on: 2007-07-02
Category: COM DOCUMENT