Berlusconi fuels doubts over climate package

Italian prime minister reiterates concerns, arguing Italy should not pay "unfair" share of EU package cost

Italy should not bear the brunt of EU measures to combat climate change, prime minister Silvio Berlusconi told industrialists in Naples on Tuesday.  He said the cost of implementing the measures should be "paid by all in equal parts".  The government claims Italy would pay 18 per cent of the cost of the EU package under current proposals.  The European commission will meet Italian officials to discuss the figures, an EU spokesperson told ENDS.  Last week, Mr Berlusconi had called for a "pause for reflection" on the package (EED 16/10/08).  See press release (in Italian)

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