EU puts on a brave face as climate talks start

Commission urges global backing for Kyoto protocol, warns EU governments on emission trends

The European Commission has warned all EU governments of the need for further measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions as the latest round of international climate change talks gets underway in Milan. It stressed that the EU would champion the Kyoto protocol at the COP-9 talks and said it expected all industrialised countries to do likewise.

The Commission's call to arms comes as new projections of greenhouse gas emissions in current and future EU states to 2010 show a deteriorating situation. Higher expected emissions in Germany, historically a key motor for EU emission reductions, is an important factor.

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