EU energy ministers weaken curbs on coal subsidies

European energy ministers have weakened the European Commission’s proposal to curb subsidies for carbon intensive power generation

European energy ministers have weakened the European Commission’s proposal to curb subsidies for carbon intensive power generation, a move that is being seen as contradictory to the EU’s climate targets.

A deal reached late Monday between energy ministers on the Electricity Market Regulation has given member states leeway to subsidise heavily polluting coal-fired power plants, despite strong opposition by countries including France, Netherlands, Sweden and Luxembourg.

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