EU split on climate change plans

by Julie Walsh on March 6, 2008

in Blog

With the ink barely dry on plans by the European Commission for fighting climate change, members of the EU have already started a game of tug-of-war to pull the legal proposals in their favor.

"It's most important that the national targets … take into account solidarity and [economic] convergence," said Arturas Paulauskas, Environment Minister for Lithuania, one of the EU's newest and least developed members.

The EU's climate-change plans "are not the place to deal with cohesion and solidarity — that is what cohesion funds and the [EU] budget are for," retorted Hilary Benn, environment minister for Britain — one of the EU's richest and most developed economies.

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