Commission to push EU climate change policies

EU executive aims to maintain political momentum with a slew of new measures to appear in 2006

The European commission will drive forward EU policy making on climate change and sustainable energy next year, its 2006 legislative and work programme shows. Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso presents the programme to the European parliament on Tuesday.

The commission sees 2006 as a "critical year" for global climate policy. It stresses that the EU needs to maintain its own momentum by putting in place new measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions and reviewing existing ones. Its proposals add up to a substantial package that will keep climate issues at the forefront of the business agenda. The commission is promising:

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