EU climate policy package delayed

Dispute over emissions trading flexibility nudges series of announcements closer to Marrakech

Internal European Commission disagreements over a future carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme have delayed planned approval today of a major EU package of climate change measures. As well as emission trading, this should have included proposals to ratify the Kyoto protocol and for new steps to cut greenhouse gases based on recommendations from the European climate change programme (ECCP).

The measures' non-appearance generated a loud protest from MEPs in the Green/EFA group, who claimed the delay would dent Europe's reputation as a leader on global climate issues. Sources in the Commission stressed that all three elements were still expected to emerge before the COP7 climate conference kicks off Marrakech, Morocco, later this month.

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