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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Poland 2003

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This review of Poland's environmental conditions and policies evaluates progress in reducing the pollution burden, improving natural resource management, integrating environmental and economic policies, and strengthening international co-operation. The analyses presented are supported by a broad range of economic and environmental data.

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Environmental – economic Interface

The following recommendations are part of the overall conclusions and recommendations of the environmental performance review of Poland: • further decouple environmental pressures from economic growth to reduce pollution intensity and improve resource efficiency of the economy; • consider economic, environmental and social aspects in setting national priorities at the strategic, planning, programming and budgeting levels; • at project level, ensure the integration of environmental concerns through EIA and spatial planning and develop sharing of best practices among regions and municipalities; • continue to integrate environmental concerns into sectoral fiscal and price signals; extend the taxation of fuels used by stationary sources, differentiating tax rates to internalise environmental externalities; • prioritise implementation of cost-effective measures to improve the energy efficiency of large stationary sources and to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy supply (e.g. through progressive removal of environmentally harmful subsidies); • further promote capacity building and networking for local development initiatives integrating economic, social and environmental concerns (e.g. Local Agenda 21) in urban and rural development;...

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