The EU should lead the shift to environmentally friendly technologies and deliver on sustainable development, says Monica Frassoni, President of the European Greens in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Fair sharing of the benefits deriving from the exploitation of the genetic wealth of plants and animals will be the most contentious issue at the seventh international conference on biodiversity (COP7).
Meeting with the EEB, ETUC and the Social platform on Monday, Irish Premier Bertie Ahern received a joint plea to launch a major programme of public investment focusing on sustainable transport and social housing.
Björn Stigson, the President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is positive about the future of CSR, seeks more trade liberalisation and wants more monetisation of nature's resources.
Environmental groups are worried that the Italian Presidency will be too lenient on environmental policies. In the presentation of its programme, the Italian Presidency announced that it will focus its work on the integration of the environment into economic development strategies, the adoption of sustainability indicators and the monitoring of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
On 12 May, the European Environment Agency published its third assessment of the state of the environment in Europe. Although several improvements have been made, European leaders have still not learned to decouple environmental pressures from economic growth.