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Environmental Protection in Other Subject Areas of International Law

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The Stockholm Conference raised the profile of environmental issues in the Communities, as it did elsewhere. Shortly after the Conference, in 1974, the European Economic Community (EEC) Commission adopted the first Program of Action on the Environment. Since 1974, the Commission has continued to elaborate periodic Programs of Action of the European Communities on the Environment, although a treaty basis for action was lacking until the Communities merged as a consequence of the Single European Act. Over time, the EC adopted directives of general scope relating to the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. In the Conference's concluding declaration, the participating states referred to the fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and adequate conditions of life in an environment of a quality that permits a life of dignity and wellbeing.

Keywords: environmental protection; European Economic Community (EEC) Commission; international law; Stockholm Conference



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