Eleven EU nations write to European Commission to back resource efficiency plans


Ministers from 11 EU Member States have written to the European Commission to call for it to carry on with the resource efficiency package.

According to Reuters, environment ministers from major EU nations including France, Germany, Italy and Spain have asked the European Commission to analyse very carefully the opportunities that both the resource efficiency package and air quality package would create for jobs and economic growth.


Since Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured) took over as European Commission President, there have been fears that he wants to drop the resource efficiency package developed by previous Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik with the support of the European Parliament.

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These fears emerged because one of the first actions of the new President was to request that new Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella should review the proposals under the jobs and growth agenda being advocated by the Juncker Commission.

But in a speech this week, Karmenu Vella signalled support for resource efficiency, but it was not clear whether this would be with a renewed or changed focus.

The letter seen by Reuters was signed by Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden and was sent to the office of Jean-Claude Juncker.