Ten tests for Sweden’s green EU Presidency ambitions

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) presents Ten Green Tests for Swedish Presidency

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) presented its Ten Green Tests to the Swedish EU Presidency on Tuesday 16 January. The environmental umbrella organisation and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SNF) have high expectations of Sweden's 6 months at the helm of the EU.

"Sweden can make a difference in essential areas as sustainable development, chemicals policy, transparency on the EU level, the quality of the enlargement process", said John Hontelez, Secretary General of the EEB.

Main topic on the list of ten demands is the adoption of the Sustainable Development Strategy foreseen for the Gothenburg Summit in June 2001.

The Swedish organisation SNF expressed its dissatisfaction with Sweden's stance on two major environmental issues in the recent past: the lack of support from the Swedish government on qualified majority decisions concerning environmental taxation and the issue of public registers for GMO releases.

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