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‘Could Try Harder’ A mid-term report on the European Commission’s environmental record

The Green 10 coalition of environmental organisations has produced a mid-term assessment of the Barroso Commission’s record in honouring its obligations to protect and improve the environment, as specified in the Treaty. This review presents a critique of the past two-and-a-half years, plus a ‘to-do’ list for the rest of its term. We conclude that this Commission made a poor start, paying lip-service to or marginalising the environment agenda.

Worryingly, it appears to lack vision on how to ensure peace and prosperity in the face of climate change and ecosystem breakdown, and how to prepare Europe for the related economic, social and environmental challenges ahead. Its increased attention to climate change in recent months arouses some hope, although there is still no sign of a coherent agenda to make the EU the world’s most energy and resource-efficient economy. Leadership for countries unready or unable to take major strides towards sustainable development by themselves has been in short supply in Brussels.

Read on in the report.

Last updated on 15 June 2011

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