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Speaking at the European Business Summit, Kurt Vandenberghe, the head of cabinet for Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, said it was the job of the Commission to make clear the links between waste management and macroeconomics, calling for a phasing out of environmental subsidies.
The call from Vandenberghe is part of a number from European Commission chiefs who claimed that carrying out existing environmental legislation will help Europe exit its economic doldrums by cutting down on energy or natural resource use.
“Business is saying we’re in crisis because of too much green tape [environmental regulation] will not help. If we’re in a crisis it is not because there was too much but too little, not in environmental legislation but in the financial markets,” he said - as EurActive.com writes.
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