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Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste (COM(2005) 666)

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THHE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Taking sustainable use of resources forward: A Thematic Strategy on the preventionand recycling of waste

Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste (COM(2005) 666)

The link address is: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2005/com2005_0666en01.pdf

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