On 1 October, the Commission presented its first ideas on how to use natural resources more efficiently while achieving the economic growth objectives of the Lisbon strategy.
The Communication presented on 1 October initiates a policy-defining debate involving the EU institutions, and public and private stakeholders. An Advisory Forum, chaired by the Commission, will be established to steer this policy development process. Working groups will be set up to address specific resources or key issues.
The Commission has identified three core elements of its future natural resources strategy:
- knowledge gathering: the strategy should initiate and monitor work on understanding the links between use of resources and impacts at each stage of the lifecycle;
- policy assessment:: proposed future policies should be assessed on their impact on other policy areas (e.g. socio-economic impacts);
- policy integration:: political decisions should be taken in the wider context of sustainable development (e.g. on prices and subsidies).