Changing Perspectives: how the EU budget can shape a sustainable future



Posted on 20 November 2010  | 
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Protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for European citizens are integral aims and purposes for the European Union. Its policies and activities are mandated to be defined and implemented in line with environmental protection requirements. EU public spending should, therefore, be in accord with those policies and objectives.

This report, written by a coalition of environmental NGOs, offers an assessment of the extent to which the EU-Budget is currently contributing to tackling the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and resource overconsumption. It sets out clear recommendations for the next EU-Budget to catalyse the transition towards a just society that guarantees the well-being of citizens in a globally and fiscally responsible way, within the ecological limits of the planet. This report focuses on the expenditure of the EU-Budget and does not provide an opinion on the ongoing income debate.

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