Italy threatens to veto EU climate package

Environment minister says its demands to spread burden more fairly are being ignored

Italy will oppose draft legislation forcing the bloc to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 from 1990 levels if its concerns over the economic impact of the plans are ignored, environment minister Stefania Prestigiacomo warned on Tuesday.

Italy wants several changes to cut the package's implementation costs, but none of them have yet been taken into account in the council of ministers, Ms Prestigiacomo complained in an interview with news agency Reuters.  Rome claims it would pay 18 per cent of the overall EU costs under current proposals and wants the burden to be spread more fairly (EED 22/10/08).

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