Early conflicts in evidence as new Commission sets out plans

Early tensions over the proposed EC energy tax and nuclear power have emerged between the new European Commissioners who will play a central role in the EC's environmental policy over the next five years. Meanwhile, at her confirmation hearing in the European Parliament in September, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstr”m indicated plans for a particularly active agenda on chemicals, environmental liability and climate change. Commission President Romano Prodi has also spoken of making sustainable development one of the EC's key priorities - but has failed to turn his words into changes in the Commission's structure which might help make that a reality.

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