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EU environmental policy in 2004: developments, new evidence and outlook for 2005. Commission staff working document accompanying the 2004 review. SEC (2005) 97 final, 27 January 2005

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Microsoft Word - staffwokingdocumentafter hebdo.doc EN EN COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 27.1.2005 SEC(2005) 97 COMMISSION STAFF WORKING PAPER Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the 2004 environmental Policy Review EU Environmental Policy in 2004: developments, new evidence and outlook for 2005 {COM(2005)17 final} EN 2 EN 1. INTRODUCTION This document is the annex to the second Environment Policy Review and reports on the main environmental policy developments since 2003 in the EU, points to new findings made available in the course of the year and gives indications on the year to come. The past year has been marked by events and debates that will influence environmental policy over the next few years: • Accession to the European Union by 10 new Member States has considerably enriched the stock and diversity of natural assets of the Union. At the same time, it has an impact on future policy priorities of the new Member States, as mitigating the increased pressures on the environment from rapid economic growth may add to the substantial efforts they have to undertake to implement the acquis. A similar effort will be required by Romania and Bulgaria, following completion of accession negotiations at the end of 2004; • The debate on the interaction between environmental policy and competitiveness has been intense in the lead up to the mid-term review of the Lisbon Strategy; • Parallel preparations for and debate on the review and implementation of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. Important steps have also been made in 2004 to further and better protect the environment in Europe and globally. The most significant EU environmental policy events over the last year in the 4 main priority areas of the 6th EAP include: • Actions to promote eco-efficient innovations and resource efficiency as part of the long term drive towar

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