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Eco-innovation proposal to be published early 2011

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The current Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) will be replaced by a broader plan expected to be adopted by the Commission in early 2011. The new plan, announced as part of the Commission’s new policy framework entitled the Innovation Union, will aim to deliver wider goals such as sustainable consumption and production, and will focus on bottlenecks and challenges to achieving environmental objectives through innovation. For example, Member States will have to identify budgets for the procurement of products in areas such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, in order to create procurement markets for innovative products across Europe.