Green development among European countries
Thursday is a big new day for green development for European countries. Unspent funds from the EU's economic recovery programme will be most likely redirected to fund energy efficiency and renewables projects. At least, that is if the Industry Committee of the European Commission will vote that way. A massive bulk of euros is expected to become green, giving new oxygen to the greening of economy in original projects.
In July, €250m were already approved for 210 new ecological projects, under the third call for the Life+ programme, the European fund for the environment which runs from 2007 to 2013. LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU, as well as in some candidate, acceding and neighbouring countries. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 3115 projects, contributing approximately €2 billion to the protection of the environment.
The efforts of the EU to show its ecological side have been considerable over the least years. Barrosso II has made it into a spearpoint of its policy. The opening up of this treasure of positive action towards the general public merits bigger media attention. The green week is a good forum, but the media could do more, all through the year, to walk the walk and talk the talk of the green economy in Europe.