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Review of Community environment and sustainable development policy

The European Commission has published a proposal for a Decision on the review of the Community's "Towards sustainability" programme of policy and action in relation to the environment and sustainable development.

The proposed Decision sets out five key priorities for Communit...
The European Commission has published a proposal for a Decision on the review of the Community's "Towards sustainability" programme of policy and action in relation to the environment and sustainable development.

The proposed Decision sets out five key priorities for Community action. These are:

- Integrating the environment into the following policies:
. Agriculture;
. Transport;
. Energy;
. Industry;
. Tourism;
- Broadening the range of instruments used in pursuing the Community's environmental policies;
- Reinforcing implementation and enforcement of legislation;
- Increasing efforts towards raising awareness of environmental issues;
- Reinforcing international cooperation in environmental issues.

Other areas to which the proposed Decision would bring increased attention include improving the information on which environmental policies are based, and promoting local and regional initiatives on environmental issues. The proposed Decision also encourages shared actions and partnerships to ensure sustainable development.
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