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Weedy words pulled from greenhouse policy

Monitoring greenhouse gases is essential for finding out how well the European Union is doing in meeting its international environmental commitments. On this basis, the EU Environment Committee has removed what it describes as 'weak phrases' from a proposal to tighten the moni...
Monitoring greenhouse gases is essential for finding out how well the European Union is doing in meeting its international environmental commitments. On this basis, the EU Environment Committee has removed what it describes as 'weak phrases' from a proposal to tighten the monitoring of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

For example, the Committee thinks the Commission should take further steps to "ensure" rather than merely "promote" the comparability and transparency of national inventories and reporting. It also urges singling out Member States that fail to provide the data required.

The proposal, to extend monitoring beyond the year 2000 and take greater account of greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide, sets out the Council and Parliament's common position on the issue.

According to the proposal, amended on 2 February 1999, Member States will now be required to report each year on their cumulative emissions of greenhouse gases since 1990. They will also be required to report on projected emissions of greenhouse gases up to 2005.
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