On 13 March 2002, the Council and the European Parliament made a final deal on the proposed 6th Environmental Action Programme. It is a balanced compromise between the two actors, and it takes into consideration some of the Parliament’s key issues.
After a common position by the Council, two readings in the
European Parliament, and a conciliation procedure, an agreement on
a joint text was finally reached. It includes certain issues that
were of great importance for the Parliament in its second reading,
- the use of environmentally related taxes and incentives;
- tougher targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions after
- a demand on the Commission to produce a paper with quantifiable
targets for a sustainable transport system.
The Parliament had also demanded the thematic
strategies to be adopted by the co-decision procedure, and to be in
place before 2003. However, after the conciliation process, the
joint text states that the co-decision should be used “where
appropriate” and presented (though not decided upon) within three
years from the entry into force of the 6th EAP.