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EU environmental developments in summer 1997

Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, Commissioner responsible for environment policy, has given a round-up of EU policy developments in the environmental field during the summer of 1997. Mrs. Bjerregaard was writing in the second issue of the Commission's newsletter on the environment, desi...
Mrs. Ritt Bjerregaard, Commissioner responsible for environment policy, has given a round-up of EU policy developments in the environmental field during the summer of 1997. Mrs. Bjerregaard was writing in the second issue of the Commission's newsletter on the environment, designed to increase awareness of Community environmental policy.

The major development during this period was the publication of Agenda 2000, the Commission's package of proposals to prepare the EU for enlargement to Central and Eastern European countries. In addition to the preparations in the applicant countries required for them to join, the EU itself must adapt and reform its own policies. In particular, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will need major reforms. The Commission's proposals for these incorporate, for the first time, environmental concerns into agricultural policy. It is hoped that this will lead to a much stronger partnership between the agricultural sector and environmental concerns.

In July, the Commission also adopted a proposal for a Directive on the reuse and recycling of redundant cars. Each year around nine million cars, or around nine million tonnes of waste, reach the end of their lives in the EU. The draft Directive aims to ensure that as much of the components as possible are recycled, reused, or failing this scrapped in a safe manner. The draft sets out minimum thresholds for the proportion of scrap material to be reused or recycled by 2005 and 2015.

The Commission recently selected a total of 188 projects to receive funding through the LIFE financial instrument for the environment. These fall into the three sectors of the LIFE programme: Environment, Nature and Third countries.

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