EU environment council preview

Ministers to debate climate emission trading, GMO labelling, packaging, major hazards, more

Denmark will chair the first of its two formal policy-making councils of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday. The significance of the meeting has waned as expected attempts to broker deals on climate emissions trading and the labelling of genetically modified organism have been deferred until December. Several other important items remain on the agenda, however.

Climate emission trading:

Ministers will debate the European Commission's proposals for an EU carbon dioxide trading scheme following the European parliament's first reading of the dossier last week (EED 10/10/02). Earlier Danish hopes of reaching a political agreement have had to be put on hold due to German requests for more time to submit clear positions on outstanding issues.

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