China's leaders, he said, now recognised the seriousness of pollution issues. A blanket of smog over a string of northern cities in January generated widespread public anger as did the discovery of the rotting corpses of thousands of pigs in March in a river that supplies Shanghai's water."If you're following the statements of political leaders, obviously they are recognising that this is becoming a serious issue," Potonik said. "They are also addressing it more thoroughly with their political actions."
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"We are ready to help either from the point of view of sharing our experiences, be it from the legislative point of view or also the point of view on how to best address those issues."
China asks EU for aid in curbing pollution
BEIJING, July 18 (Reuters) China has asked the European Union to help it tackle some of its most severe pollution problems, the EU's environment commissioner said on Thursday, underscoring Beijing's concerns about addressing a key source of social discontent.
Janez Potocnik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment, told Reuters in an interview that China had asked the European Union for help in tackling pollution related to heavy metals and water and waste treatment.
But results have been mixed. Enforcement has been a problem at the local level, where governments often rely on tax receipts from polluting industries under their jurisdiction.
Potocnik, also accompanied by more than 50 European and national industry associations and companies, said the EU was investing about 10 million euros ($13 million) in this scheme, known as the EU China Environmental Sustainability Project, to be launched on Friday.
"Because without proper monitoring and enforcement, everything you put on paper will not deliver," he said. "These are basically the most important things that I would also recommend to the Chinese colleagues." (Editing by Ron Popeski)
But the issue, he said, was complex and could not be addressed "with a simple, single and short term activity.
"We are focusing on three areas, one will be pollution with the heavy metals, one is water pollution, and one is waste treatment."
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Potonik said monitoring and enforcement were critical.
said, "are very successful in dealing with (remedying) air pollution.
"That's one of the projects through which we try to help China Nike Air Max 95 White On Feet to address and solve some of the problems, which they have identified as the core problems we are focusing on at home," Potocnik said during Air Max Blue And Pink
a two day visit to promote green economic growth.
policy. But both sides recently agreed to cooperate, striking a deal last September to cut greenhouse gases through projects including the development of Chinese emissions trading schemes.
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