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Celebrating Europe and its environment

This year not only marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, but also 35 years of European Union environmental policy. The European Environment Agency celebrates the occasion by looking back at the last 50 years and reflecting on the environmental challenges that lie ahead. On 25 March 1957, six countries signed the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community. Their aim was to create a Common Market in order to secure prosperity, peace and stability. Environment was not part of the policy package. Today, sustainable development and environmental protection are among the core values of the European Union, which now counts 27 Member States.

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New water information system for Europe (WISE) unveiled

WISE (Water Information System for Europe) — a new interactive Internet tool that informs Europe’s citizens about water quality and EU water policy — was jointly released by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) today at the European Water Conference 2007 in Brussels.

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Green tax reform can boost eco-innovation and employment

A gradual shift of today’s taxes away from personal income and capital towards taxes on consumption, pollution, and inefficient use of energy and resources can boost employment, eco-innovation and protect the environment. This is the message Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, will deliver today at Brussels Tax Forum 2007.

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EEA takes first step in measuring European transport subsidies

Subsides worth between EUR 270 to 290 billion a year are estimated to go into European transport, according to a preliminary report released by the European Environment Agency today. From this figure, road transport receives EUR 125 billion annually, rail EUR 73 billion, aviation EUR 27–35 billion and water-borne transport EUR 14–30 billion.

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Southern Europe hit by dangerous ozone levels in 2006

Summer ozone levels exceeded the EU’s long-term target level in 2006, threatening the health of Europeans, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency. The frequency of ozone level exceedances was higher than in previous years, though not as high as in the record year 2003.

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