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Measuring progress in a changing world: resolution from European Parliament

June 17, 2011

An agreement on better monitoring and reporting of environmental data should be a first step towards measuring the EU economy on a wider basis than GDP, according to MEPs, who approved legislation on “environmental economic accounts” on Tuesday and a non-binding resolution on “Beyond GDP” on Wednesday, 8th June.

MEPs also adopted a non-binding resolution on “Beyond GDP” in response to a 2009 European Commission communication of the same title. MEPs indicated they support the Commission’s groundwork towards supplementing this economic measure with social and environmental indicators and they called for concrete and consistent proposals for indicators that can be monitored by Eurostat.

Source: European Parliament

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