Ministers fail to agree on Environment Agency, eco-auditing

Agreements on a Regulation on the transfrontier shipment of waste and on the EC's negotiating stance in November's global discussions on ozone-depleting chemicals were the two main successes of the Environment Council on 20 October. But a bid to settle the prolonged dispute about a home for the European Environment Agency ended in failure, while German objections are proving central to delaying agreement on a draft Regulation on eco-auditing.

The meeting in Luxembourg on 20 October was the first of two formal Environment Councils to be held under the UK Presidency. The second will be in December.

The main success of the meeting was an agreement on the Regulation on transfrontier shipment of waste. Details are given in the article below. Ministers also finalised the EC's negotiating position for the review of the global Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances which take

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