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Consultative Forum on the Environment - Recommendations to the Commission

The General Consultative Forum on the Environment, set up in 1993 to advise the European Commission on environment issues and sustainable development, has written to Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard with a set of recommendations to the Commission on how it should appr...
The General Consultative Forum on the Environment, set up in 1993 to advise the European Commission on environment issues and sustainable development, has written to Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard with a set of recommendations to the Commission on how it should approach its policy making on the environment and sustainable development in the run up to the twenty-first century.

Having considered potential scenarios for the period to the year 2020, the Forum makes the following specific recommendations:

- The EU should set up a "sustainability" task force to develop new and innovative solutions for environment, economic and social cohesion;

- The EU should produce and publish widely a regular "Sustainable Development" report;

- To ensure that the long-term is taken account of in policy development, a think tank or "House of the Future" should be set up to develop innovative proposals for transparency, access to information, long-term investments in sustainable development and proper science to underpin long-term policy development;

- Steps should be taken to raise awareness and improve communications on sustainability and more sustainable lifestyles in order to create more political support;

- European research and technological development strategies should focus on how to move towards sustainable development;

- In view of the global dimensions of sustainable development, the EU should prepare a strategy on the EU's global and international role in sustainable development as part of its foreign policy considerations;

- The EU should ensure that the role of local communities should be strengthened, as they are central to the transition of European society to sustainable development.

Mrs. Bjerregaard, European Commissioner responsible for environmental policy, welcomed the Forum's recommendations, noting that they come at an important moment for the Commission, as the Union enters the final stages of the IGC and approaches the deadline for further enlargement towards Central and Eastern Europe. The Commissioner pointed out that "The Scenarios paper shows very clearly that sustainable development lies at the very heart of the European Union's evolution, and that sustainability needs more and more to take centre stage in policy-making. The proposals which have been made constitute a challenge to the Commission as a whole, raise a number of important questions and seek to challenge our conventional thinking about the economy".
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