678. Economic and environmental solidarity.

The EU Charter provides that the EU recognises and respects access to services of general economic interest as provided for in national laws and practices, in accordance with the Treaty on European Union1 and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union2, in order to promote the social and territorial cohesion of the EU3. It also provides that a high level of environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of the environment must be integrated into the policies of the EU and ensured in accordance with the principle of sustainable development