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EEB savages European thematic strategy

European environment ministers have been called upon to have a higher ambition for the Thematic Strategies on Waste, Air Pollution and the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources.

In a letter to the ministers, who have been meeting in Brussels this week, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has also called on the European Union Environment Council to move forward swiftly with environmental tax reform plans.

EEB secretary general John Hontelez said: “Clear leadership is needed from the Europe’s environment ministers on the urgent initiatives the EEB is proposing, such as environmental taxation reform in all EU member states.

“Another key element should be an agreement on effective instruments for accelerating the uptake of eco-innovations – such as performance targets for major product groups, and levies or subsidies to steer market uptake. In addition we insist on priority attention being given to green public procurement across the Union.”

During the meeting, the EEB and Austrian environment minister Josef Proll were to co-host a discussion between EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas and the environment ministers to discuss the Sustainable Development strategy. The EEB believes the strategy lacks vision. It wants a major public procurement campaign that would include a more critical attitude to biofuel use in the EU.

The EEB represents European environmental citizen’s organisations.

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