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Conflict of interest concerns over EU Directive

Calls for an inquiry into conflicts of interest behind policies to reclassify incineration in the European Waste Framework Directive (WFD) have come from environmentalists as MEPs prepare to vote tomorrow.

WFD rapporteur Caroline Jackson has been accused of not declaring her interests in waste company Shanks by anti-incineration group The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

GAIA has asked European Parliament president Hans-Gert Pöttering to reject Jackson's text for the WFD and launch an investigation.

However, Jackson said that she had declared her interests and was not influenced by the company. In the Financial Times on Friday she said she received £6,000 from Shanks for an advisory role. Jackson added that it was nonsense to suggest there was a conflict of interest.

Opposition to the WFD has also come from an organisation representing 30,000 doctors globally, called the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. In an open to letter to the European Parliament it said: We are concerned the efficiency formula only takes into account energy efficiency considerations and not health or environmental repercussions.

The letter also said that upgrading incineration was the wrong signal to send to European citizens. It added that doctors had been sadly surprised that Jackson had said health effects from incinerators were negligible. It cited several recent studies of wide samples of population which it said revealed health threats.



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