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    Press releases from 2006 / 2005 / 2004 / 2003 / 2002

    • 21/12/05: Commission proposes European strategy for the sustainable use of natural resources
      The European Commission today proposed a new approach aiming at more sustainable use of natural resources. The objective is to reduce environmental impacts associated with resource use in Europe and globally in a growing economy. The impacts of unsustainable resource use include e.g. climate change as a result of fossil fuel use and overexploitation of clean water, soil and certain fish stocks. The strategy is focusing on improving knowledge, developing monitoring tools and fostering strategic approaches in specific economic sectors, Member States and internationally. The strategy is one of the seven 'thematic' strategies required under the 6th Environment Action Programme (2002-2012) and closely linked to the waste thematic strategy, which was also adopted today.

    • 28-07-05: Commission consults public on how to protect soil across the EU
      The European Commission today launched an 8-week long Internet consultation on the measures which the European Union (EU) could adopt to address soil degradation. Good quality soil is crucial for the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources. However, scientific evidence shows that soil is degrading throughout Europe and the EU therefore needs to act to protect this precious resource. Issues such as erosion, landslides and contamination of soil will be addressed.

    • 28-07-05: Commission consults public on action to improve the urban environment in Europe 
      The European Commission is inviting the public and relevant authorities to give their views via the Internet on a new European strategy to improve the urban environment in Europe and also reduce the impact that cities have on the wider environment. The strategy is due to be proposed by the Commission in December 2005. The consultation will run until 21 September 2005.

    • 01-07-05: Space observation to improve risk management of landslides, avalanches and floods in Alpine regions
      Under the 6th Framework Programme for Research (FP6) activity ‘Global Monitoring for Environment and Security’ (GMES), the Commission will provide €1.1m support for a new research project, called “ASSIST”, on improving risk warning and risk management of landslides, avalanches, debris flows and floods in Alpine regions. The results of this project can easily be extended to other mountainous areas. Under GMES, the Commission is currently funding 14 projects. ASSIST is the latest and fifteenth project.

    • 25-05-05: Ozone hits record low in 2005

    • 29-04-05: Europeans want policy makers to consider the environment as important as economic and social policies
      For Europeans, a healthy environment is as important to their quality of life as the state of the economy and social factors, according to a new Eurobarometer survey. The environmental issues that citizens worry most about are water pollution, man-made disasters, climate change, air pollution and chemicals. The survey is also the first to examine attitudes towards the environment across the enlarged EU-25.

    • 20-04-05: Post tsunami: the Commission reinforces its disaster response capacity
      The Commission has today adopted proposals for a package of measures to reinforce the European Union’s disaster response capacity. The package will: fund new specialist planning teams to speed up the effective delivery of long term aid; reinforce the Union’s capacity to provide specialised civil expertise units and equipment; and strengthen the Union’s capacity to deliver humanitarian aid. The Communication adopted today also provides a detailed progress report of how the 450 million Euro pledged by the EU after the tsunami disaster is being spent. The proposals agreed today are the Commission’s contribution to the post-tsunami Action Plan proposed by the Luxembourg Presidency on 31st January.

    • 22-03-05 EU sustainable development strategy - Sustainable development in figures

    • 18-03-05 World Water Day, 22 March - Water is Life
      The international observance of 22 March as World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United National Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. This background note details some of the policies and projects underway in the European Commission to address issues related to water management and supply, both within the EU and abroad. The United Nations will announce 2005 to 2015 the “Decade of Water” in order to support the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and the European Union will use this decade to achieve good water status for all European waters.

    • 09-02-05 The European Commission sets a positive agenda for the 2005 review of the Sustainable Development Strategy
      With the adoption today of the orientations for the review of the Sustainable Development Strategy European Commission President José Manuel Barroso sets a positive agenda for sustainable development. “The challenges faced by our planet today are global. Europe takes its responsibility. Without clear political leadership and commitment to change, our children and grandchildren will not be able to enjoy the prosperity and quality of life we have today. Climate change is accelerating, we are putting increasing pressure on our natural resources, biodiversity is at stake and narrowing the wealth gap between North and South remains an enormous challenge. If we want to preserve the delicate balance between economic, social and environmental concerns needed for a sustainable society, we must take action now”.

    • 09-02-05 Climate change: Commission outlines core elements for post-2012 strategy
      The European Commission adopted today a communication setting out future policies of climate change. It also includes a set of proposals designed to structure the future negotiations of the EU with its global partners over climate change policies after 2012 when the first commitment period under the Kyoto protocol ends. These proposals open the door to bring major emitters but also rapidly emerging economies on board. The communication also suggests maritime transport and aviation as sectors that must be included in a post-2012 regime.

    • 09-02-05 Winning the Battle Against Global Climate Change

    • 31-01-05: Questions & Answers on the Mercury Strategy

    • 31-01-05: Commission proposes strategy to deal with mercury pollution including a ban on exports
      The European Commission proposed a comprehensive strategy against mercury pollution today. High doses of mercury and its compounds can be fatal, but even relatively low amounts can seriously harm the nervous system. There is evidence that mercury pollution, in particular where it exceeds the international accepted safety levels, for example in fish, still affects the health of some European citizens. The commission strategy proposes a series of actions to cut EU and global emissions and use of mercury, including phasing out EU mercury exports by 2011. It also addresses safe storage of mercury decommissioned by EU industry.

    • 17-01-05: Nature protection: Commission designates 5,000 sites in the Boreal region for the Natura 2000 network
      The Commission has made further progress in the establishment of Natura 2000, the EU’s network of sites protecting threatened and vulnerable species and habitats. It has adopted the list of sites for the Boreal region (woodlands), which covers the main parts of Finland and Sweden. The list includes over 5,000 sites providing protection for species such as the Lynx, the Flying squirrel and Fairy Slipper, and for habitats such as Western Taiga, raised bogs and aapa mires, as well as freshwater and land upheaval coast habitats. The Boreal region is one of six bio-geographic regions in EU-15 and the fifth for which the Commission has adopted a list. Species and sites under Natura 2000 benefits from increased protection through a number of measures and safeguards which must be respected.

    • 17-01-05: New progress in establishing the Natura 2000 network in the Boreal region
      In order to safeguard Europe’s most important wildlife areas, an EU-wide network of nature protection areas is being established under the 1992 Habitats Directive – the Natura 2000 network.


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