Italy returns to the fold on post-Kyoto rules

New environment minister Pecoraro Scanio disowns Berlusconi government’s opposition to post-2012 climate action

Italy’s new centre-left government has reversed its predecessor’s opposition to deeper greenhouse gas emission cuts after the Kyoto climate protocol expires in 2012, environment minister Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio said this week.  Under prime minister Silvio Berlusconi Italy consistently sought to weaken the EU’s resolve on making substantial long-term emission cuts (EED 10/03/06 and 02/03/04).  Mr Pecoraro Scanio told Reuters news agency on Tuesday that the Berlusconi line had been an "anomaly" and that Italy had now adopted a "normal policy".  See news story.

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