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
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 20/06/2011 First transmission: 20/06/2011
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.
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||General view of the press conference by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in ENGLISH) saying that the main topic of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development is the green economy in the context of poverty eradication and improved global governance in the field of environment; the transition to the green economy can enable new sources of growth at the same time, it can improve human well being, provides decent jobs, tackle poverty and preserve natural capital.
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||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH) saying that the communication maps the key policies and actions needed in terms of what, how and who; it also proposes examples of specific actions which could be implemented at the international, national and regional levels; on the topic of what: investing in resources and natural capital, such as water, renewable energy, oceans, sustainable agriculture, forests, waste and recycling; these areas underpin millions of livelihood and can help alleviate poverty; they could become areas for future economic growth and also global market; on how: enabling the conditions to stimulate green markets such as through eco-taxes, removal of harmful subsidies, mobilising financial resources public and private; the Commission is also proposing a kind of a green economy road map to be adopted.
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||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a substantial document so he will only put out some of the key findings; the first findings are somewhat reassuring, the environment still really matters to Europeans; in fact, an average of 95% of Europeans say that the environment is important to them personally; it is 90% or more in every single one of the 27 Member States.
||General view of the press conference