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Commission's 1997 environment work programme

Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, Commissioner responsible for the environment, presented the Commission's 1997 work programme in the environmental field to the European Parliament's Environment Committee on 21 January 1997.

Mrs. Bjerregaard started by recalling that some 18 environment...
Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, Commissioner responsible for the environment, presented the Commission's 1997 work programme in the environmental field to the European Parliament's Environment Committee on 21 January 1997.

Mrs. Bjerregaard started by recalling that some 18 environmental items had been agreed by the Commission during 1996. She noted that considerable progress had been made, with developments in water, air quality, waste, strategic impact assessments and on implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation.

In 1997, the Community will be present at two major international events:

- The UN General Assembly Special Session, in June 1997, will review progress made since the Rio Earth Summit of 1992;
- Climate change negotiations will be held in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997.

A major priority of the Commission during 1997 will be the follow-up to the communication on the implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation. In particular, the Commission is proposing to fine five Member States for not applying Community environmental law.

The Commission will also give particular attention to ensuring that environmental considerations are more effectively integrated into other areas of Community policy and actions. In particular, Mrs. Bjerregaard singled out agriculture, transport, energy and research and development. The Commissioner concluded by calling for the Parliament's cooperation during 1997, to ensure that awareness of environmental action at Community level is maximized, and to manage the heavy workload in the environmental sector for the greatest benefit of European citizens.
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