Europe 2020 review may include resource efficiency goal

22 July 2014, Brussels – The European Commission and the Council of the EU may suggest a resource efficiency goal to be implemented as part of the review of the Europe 2020 strategy, allowing the Commission to monitor the resource performance of Member States.

Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Poto?nik, wants a resource productivity target (expressed as GDP divided by raw material use) for 2030 to be enacted, and sees the European Semester – the Europe 2020 implementation programme – as the right method of governance for promoting resource efficiency. The European Semester allows the Commission to assess Member State performance in areas related to the 2020 strategy and make recommendations on improvement’s that can be implemented.

Ministers from national governments met in Milan last week, under the Italian Presidency of the Council, and expressed broad interest in the suggestion. A final decision will be made by the ministers in October.

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