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Towards Joint EU Action on Environmental Technologies
Expert Conference in Vienna, May 26- 27, 2003.

Betreff: Expert Conference "Towards joint EU-Action on Environmental Technologies" on 26th and 27th of May in Vienna

Dear Colleagues,
We at the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management will be hosting an EU expert conference, "Towards Joint EU Action on Environmental Technologies", on the 26th and 27th of May in Vienna. We have taken the liberty of sending you a copy (attached) of the conference program and registration form. Please be so kind as to forward the information to any parties that would foreseeably be interested in attending.
We would greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to include an announcement of the conference on your website, along with all information you find appropriate and fitting to your website format (all attached information is intended for the public sphere).
We appreciate your assistance and look forward to making your acquaintance.

With kind regards

Gerhard Stimmeder
Tel.Nr. 51522-3509
FaxNr. 51522-7301
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry,
Environment and Water Management
e-Mail: gerhard.stimmeder@bmlfuw.gv.at

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A new initiative to promote environmental technologies and the reduction of obstacles that impair their development, production and use was launched by the European Commission at the end of March. Austria will play an important role in this process.
The Communication (2003) 131 on the Environmental Technology Action Plan provides an initial survey of the situation.
The European Council of March 2003 again stressed the importance of environmental technologies in meeting the targets of sustainable development within the context of the Lisbon Strategy.
Adapted and integrated technologies offer the possibility of achieving simultaneous improvements in the environment, competition, growth and innovation. The European Commission will design an EU Environmental Action Plan (ETAP) by the end of this year. In addition, there is an ongoing consultation process of all concerned stakeholders until mid-May.
With the encouragement of the Greek Presidency, three Austrian Ministries - the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour and the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology - have joined with the Austrian Federation of Industry to hold an expert conference on this European process at the end of May.
The workshop is intended to answer questions about the related possibilities and challenges set out in the Commission' s communication.
It will therefore be the goal of the Vienna expert conference to contribute substantially to the development of the ETAP and to guarantee sound co-ordination amongst the Member States, Accession Countries, the European Commission, industry and science, and other distinct stakeholders.

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