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Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe

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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe.  COM(2011) 571  

Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe

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Greece, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Malta, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg, Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia
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