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Green 10: A programme for the Sustainable Development of the European Union

Ahead of the Environment Council on 9 March, the Green 10 coalition of environmental NGOs, of which EPHA Environment Network is a member, launched a dynamic and comprehensive programme for the sustainable development of the EU. The programme urges Europe’s leaders and decision-makers to action with a set of concrete proposals to transform the EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy into an ambitious but achievable game plan.

Measurable objectives are seen as crucial for all key themes - ranging from climate and energy to social exclusion and transport - as is the better implementation of existing environmental legislation across EU Member States. Other priorities in the programme include a 10% tax-base shift from labour to environmental pressures; reducing by half fuel consumption of new passenger cars over the next decade rather than allowing biofuels to count towards car fuel efficiency objectives; and ensuring greater coordination between Member States on effective and coherent aid policies.

This Green 10 publication, "A programme for the Sustainable Development of the European Union", is a direct response to the European Commission’s review of the Sustainable Development Strategy published in December, which the environmental organisations see as a positive step but which still has much room for improvement.

Last updated on 15 June 2011

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