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Environment and regions - towards sustainable development

The European Commission, DG XVI, has published a report, entitled "The environment and regions - towards sustainability", which outlines the Community policy in the environmental field, stressing the importance of the interaction between environmental and regional policy.

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The European Commission, DG XVI, has published a report, entitled "The environment and regions - towards sustainability", which outlines the Community policy in the environmental field, stressing the importance of the interaction between environmental and regional policy.

The Treaty on European Union requires environmental considerations be taken into account in all Community policies, based on the overall objective of sustainable development.

The Fifth Environmental Action programme, adopted in 1993, targets five sectors which have a strong influence on the environment: industry, energy, transport, agriculture and tourism. The programme does not have its own budget but is a political instrument to encourage the Commission itself, and Member States' governments and economic and social actors, to take greater account of the environment. Actions which are targeted by this include Community programmes in the fields of RTD, education and training, as well as the Community's regional policy instruments.

The LIFE Financial Instrument for the Environment will provide some ECU 90 million for pilot actions in the Community during 1996.

The Community's Structural Funds for regional development include a significant proportion of resources for environmental projects. In 1995, the following sums went to environmental actions:

- Objective 1 - Under-developed regions: ECU 8,328 million;
- Objective 2 - Declining industrial regions: ECU 397 million;
- Objective 5b - Rural areas: ECU 720.5 million.

The Cohesion Fund provides support to Greece, Ireland, Spain and Portugal for the development of infrastructure in the environmental and transport sectors. In particular, in the environmental sector, the Fund supports water quality, water distribution and waste water treatment projects. In 1995, almost half (ECU 1,042 million) of the payments made from the Cohesion Fund went to environmental projects.

The report stresses that the success of the Community's new environmental policy will depend above all on the quality of the actions carried out at national, regional and local level.
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