The European Parliament has adopted its position on the sustainable development strategy which is to be discussed at the Barcelona summit.
On 28 February, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the follow-up of the EU strategy for sustainable development. In the resolution, the Parliament demands:
- development of better indicators to assess the environmental aspects of sustainable development;
- an annual debate on the sustainable development strategy, clearly involving the Parliament;
- the withholding of EU funds from unsustainable water development schemes across Europe (see also EURACTIV21 February 2002).
In addition, the resolution regrets that the Commission’s proposal outlining the priorities for the summit in Johannesburg on sustainable development came too late to allow the Parliament to develop an in-depth position on the content.