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The Irish Times - Ireland | 30/10/2007

France's environmental round table

Tony Kinsella comments on France's new environmentally friendly consultation, le Grenelle de l'Environnement, "a complex and inclusive national round-table" launched last Thursday, October 25th, bringing together "groups not normally used to negotiating with each other; national, regional and local government, employers, trade union and farmers' representatives, scientific experts and environmental organisations such as Greenpeace and the WWF. Where the participants could not reach agreement they set out their arguments and concerns, leaving the government to adjudicate. ... Government sources were eager to talk up last Thursday's announcements as a positive beginning, rather than a set of cut-and-dried conclusions. Critics were quick to draw attention to the number of proposals that would require further consideration, legislation, or even EU approval. The shift of emphasis in Paris will boost EU actions on energy and climate change ... ."

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