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EU Lacks Courage on Environmental Policies, Green Lobbies Say

July 03, 2012

The European Union executive has so far failed to propose measures that would put the bloc on a path to “sustainable prosperity,” according to a coalition of 10 environmental lobby groups, including Greenpeace.

The European Commission, led by its President Jose Barroso, has lacked the courage to push through adequate environmental, climate, agriculture and energy policies in its second term that started in 2010 and is due to end in 2014, the groups, which also include WWF and Health and Environment Alliance, said in a report published in Brussels today.

“Despite encouraging statements on the need for a smart, inclusive and sustainable economy, the commission has so far failed to harness the potential for environmental policies to create jobs, improve health and reduce energy and resource use,” the lobbies said.

The report assesses progress in nine EU policy areas with impact on the environment and reviews the track record of 13 commissioners and the commission president.

The commission got the best grade in the area of climate, supervised by Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, where it scored 5.5 out of 10 points. The grade for energy policies, led by Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, was 4.5 points. Agriculture, headed by Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, scored 3.5 points.

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