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"Green New Deal" receives support

Top environment officials from 24 European countries have come out in support of a Green New Deal at a conference in Locarno.

This content was published on May 12, 2009 - 16:58

The heads of European environmental protection agencies discussed the relationship between the economy, trade and the environment, said conference chairman Bruno Oberle, director of Switzerland's environment office.

Oberle said after the meeting on Tuesday that he welcomed the opportunity to meet his European counterparts, as this ensured that the interests of Swiss industry over such issues as emissions trading would be taken into account in debates on environment protection.

The two-day meeting also discussed biodiversity as an integral part of adaptation to climate change.

The Green New Deal takes its name from the economic recovery programme launched by US president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 to end the Great Depression.

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