EU opens debate on how to make cities ‘greener’

Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas has launched consultations to define a strategy to ‘green up’ the EU’s urban areas.

The Commission has opened a wide-ranging debate on how to face the environmental challenges posed by sprawling cities in Europe with the launch of a public consultation on 28 July.

The consultation comes hard on the heels of fierce internal debates in the Commission that has seen Environmental Commissioner Stavros Dimas clash with colleagues over his political programme for the next five years. He was finally given the green light to present his so-called ‘thematic strategies’ upon condition that they are checked against the Commission’s top priority to re-launch Europe’s economic growth, the Lisbon agenda (EURACTIV, 22 July 2005). 

The thematic strategy on the urban environment is one among the seven due to be approved before the end of the year as part of the Commission’s 6th environmental action programme. Other strategies include air, soil and marine protection, waste, natural resource use and pesticides.

The consultation is open until 21 September.

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