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Commission proposes sustainable strategy

The European Commission has proposed a sustainable strategy involving the promotion of technological innovation, whilst calling on June's Gothenburg Council to take urgent action to improve quality of life. The Commission's sustainable strategy consists of three parts. First,...

The European Commission has proposed a sustainable strategy involving the promotion of technological innovation, whilst calling on June's Gothenburg Council to take urgent action to improve quality of life. The Commission's sustainable strategy consists of three parts. First, the promotion of technological innovation and stronger involvement of civil society and business in policy formation along with measures to ensure that future policy making is more coherent and cost effective. Future reviews of common policies should have sustainable development as their central concern. Second, a set of objectives and EU-wide measures should be established in order to tackle the biggest challenges to sustainable development not dealt with in the Lisbon strategy: climate change, threats to public health, depletion of natural resources, traffic congestion and land use problems. Finally, the Commission is recommending that steps are taken after the Gothenburg summit to implement the strategy and take stock of progress. Announcing the strategy, Commission President Romano Prodi said: 'Sustainable development is not a choice. It's an imperative. We must do everything possible, even if this means making some sacrifices during the period of change and transition.' The Commission will establish a sustainable development 'round table' of around ten independent experts with a broad range of views, who will report directly to Mr Prodi.

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