Free entry urged for German emission traders

Opposition warns that charging late entrants would risk deterring entrepreneurs, inward investment

Germany's conservative CDU party has urged the government to amend a draft law providing for participation in the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme by German firms so that late entrants are not charged.

The call, made by CDU deputy parliamentary leader Klaus Lippold, came just two days before the German federal cabinet is due to approve a legislative proposal for parliamentary scrutiny.

In an interview with the AP news agency, Mr Lippold stressed that if late entrants have to purchase emission allowances, this could deter entrepreneurs and foreign companies from doing business in Germany. "It's all about protecting Germany as a place of investment," he said.

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