Extracts from the press conference by Janez Potočnik on the "Rio+20" Communication and the Eurobarometer survey on the attitudes of European citizens towards the environment
At a press conference on 20 June 2011, Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, presented the results of a survey by the European Commission on the attitudes of European citizens towards the environment. The survey shows that the environment is an important personal concern to more than 90% of respondents in every single Member State. A large majority of Europeans agree that using natural resources more efficiently and protecting the environment can boost economic growth in the EU. The report also contains a strong mandate for EU action: despite the economic crisis, almost 9 in 10 Europeans think EU funding should be allocated to support environmentally friendly activities. There is also massive support for legislation at the EU level: more than 8 in 10 Europeans agree that EU legislation is necessary to protect the environment in their country.
At the press conference, Janez Potočnik also spoke about the Communication, adopted by the European Commission, preparing the ground for the EU's position at the Rio+20 United Nations Sustainable Development Conference, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. The Communication outlines objectives and specific actions on the two inter-linked themes of the Conference: enabling the transition to a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and ensuring better governance for sustainable development. The Communication maps out the "what, how and who" of a transition to a green economy, proposing specific actions that could be implemented at the international, national and regional levels. SHOTLIST