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
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
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry,
Environment and Water Management
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
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.