'There is little point in the UK acting alone...As a first step we are working intensively with our EU partners to agree a 60% [climate change] target for the EU as a whole' (Tony Blair)
The European Union is central to the UK's approach to sustainable development and the environment. Virtually all UK legislation on the environment is European, and some 40% of all EU legislation decided by Member States and the European Parliament is environmental. The UK works with other European partners, the European Commission and the European Parliament to provide long-term prosperity and quality of life for UK citizens. Over 30 years, the EU has provided a comprehensive framework for environmental protection on issues such as climate change, air and water quality, and waste.
The EU is a powerful voice in international negotiations and the UK helps to develop strong and coherent EU positions that reflect British interests. The EU has a leading role in the pursuit of global sustainable development. It is the world’s largest donor of development aid, the world’s biggest trading partner and a major source of direct private investment. It shows leadership in the promotion of environmental protection objectives, most notably on climate change and environmental technologies.
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