Parliament supports sustainable development strategy

European Parliament welcomes Commission’s Sustainable Development Strategy

Debating the own initiative report of socialist MEP Anneli Hulthen on the sustainable development strategy, MEPs called for specific targets and indicators to measure progress in achieving the objectives to be set in Gothenburg. They also urged EU leaders to set a time frame and goals for reforming EU policies such as the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and regional aid policy.


The European Parliament welcomed the Commission's Sustainable Development Strategy on Thursday 31 May. MEPs however regretted that the Parliament was not given time to comment on the actual proposals before the Gothenburg Summit.


The European Commission recently (15 May) published its Communication on sustainable development, defining a strategy to reconcile economic growth, social cohesion and environmental protection (seeEURACTIV 17 May 2001).


EU leaders will debate this sustainable development strategy during their Gothenburg Summit on 15-16 June.


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