Ministers ignore environment and start money grab at EU Council | WWF

Ministers ignore environment and start money grab at EU Council

Posted on 29 May 2012
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Brussels, Belgium – The General Affairs Council met today to discuss the next 7 year EU budget. Considering natural capital underpins successful economic activity it was a surprise that the environment was not even discussed.
 
Following the discussions Andrea Kohl, Programme Director at the WWF European Policy Office, commented; “Europe has laid down a roadmap for building a low carbon EU in the Europe 2020 Strategy and yet this was completely ignored by the Ministers today. All we got was the usual shortsighted money grab between Member States, who are more interested in seeing how much or how little they will have to pay into the EU budget."

“If the EU wants to get out of the current mess it will have to look towards building a Green Economy that can use Cohesion Funding and the Common Agricultural Policy, in tandem, to protect nature and generate green jobs. The research is there to prove that the EU budget can be spent in better ways, like supporting renewable energy, sustainable transport or energy savings.”
 
For further information:
Philippe Carr, Media & Communications,
WWF: European Policy Office,
Tel: +32 476 25 68 79
E-mail: pcarr@wwf.eu
 

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