ENVIRONMENTAL mainstreaming was the Brussels buzzword of the year 2000, it entailed the routine integration of green concerns into other EU policy areas. European ministers backed the concept and also accepted detailed papers explaining how this was to be brought about. Now, 12 months on, the real work has begun and officials have begun developing the administrative tools to put these policies in place.

And as with all effective government, reliable statistics are the key. After all, there is little chance of fixing a problem, when ...

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