In a Green Week debate organised by Friends of Europe, participants assessed the key elements of the EU’s ‘Green strategy’ in light of the Union’s recent enlargement by ten new Member States.
The accession of ten new Member States on 1 May has had a
substantial impact on the EU’s Green strategy. In addition to
incorporating and co-ordinating the ‘clean-up’ efforts by the
newcomers, the EU now faces the task of developing a comprehensive
environmental strategy that can and will be supported by all 25
Member States. One main issue discussed during the debate was
whether the EU’s existing or future strategies have the potential
to satisfy calls for a bottom-up approach to reflect different
local conditions in the EU-25 and how best the EU should develop
its global stance on the key environmental challenges.