Proposals for fifth EC environment programme published

Long-awaited European Commission proposals for the EC's fifth Environment Action Programme have finally been published.1 They are closely in line with a draft reviewed in detail by ENDS in January (ENDS Report 204, pp 20-3 ). But the Commission appears to have lowered its sights for "greening" fiscal policies, and has also bowed to national sensitivities by deleting long-term emission targets for carbon dioxide. The Programme will guide the EC's environmental policy until 2000, although it will be reviewed in 1995.

The draft Programme is different from its predecessors by setting out a number of quantitative, though non-binding, objectives for the next eight years, together with a programme and accompanying timetable for legislation and other actions at Community level.

The draft also places a good deal of emphasis on "shared responsibility" between the EC and national and local authorities, industry, consumers and others in setting the Community on

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