Summit subsidiarity debate overhangs EC environment policy

The EC Environment Council will meet on 15-16 December with a reasonable prospect of agreeing legislation on eco-auditing and vehicle emissions, and paving the way for new restrictions next year on ozone-depleting chemicals. But the European summit in Edinburgh on 11-12 December, where the effort to translate the doctrine of subsidiarity into concrete action will take shape, may prove to be more crucial to the future of the Community's environmental policy.

Several items on the Environment Council's agenda will be continuations of negotiations which neared fruition at the last meeting in October (ENDS Report 213, p 30 ). They include:

  • Transfrontier waste shipments: Ministers agreed a Regulation on this topic in October (ENDS Report 213, pp 31-34

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