Commission delays climate and energy package

EU executive admits defeat in race to finalise burden-sharing proposals before Bali

The European commission has been forced to delay the publication of a major package of climate and energy-related legislative proposals. The EU executive had planned to table the package before the start of international climate negotiations in Bali in December, but this will now be delayed until the second half of January at the earliest (EED 15/08/07).

A commission spokesman told ENDS on Monday the delay was down to the "size and complexity" of proposals. The commission's task is to divide into 27 binding national targets overall EU objectives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost renewable energy consumption. Related proposals to amend the EU carbon trading scheme and to set binding targets for emission cuts from cars have also been delayed.

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