Environmental integration "needs reform in Brussels"

Progress in integrating environmental considerations into other EC policies has been modest despite many high-level pledges to make this a key policy objective, according to a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.1 Systematic administrative reform within the European Commission is needed, it says, to make integration a reality.

The need to move beyond environmental regulation and address the causes of environmental damage at their roots in other policies such as agriculture, industry, transport and energy was recognised explicitly in the Community's third Environment Action Programme, published in 1983.

Four years later, integration became a legal requirement when the Single European Act provided that "environmental protection requirements shall be a component o

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