MEPs urge new global climate deal by 2008

European parliament adopts resolution on post-2012 negotiations and future EU climate policies

The European parliament agreed on Wednesday a resolution calling on the EU to push for agreement by 2008 on a global climate change framework for the period after 2012. Adopted on Wednesday, the resolution suggests a series of priorities for EU negotiators at international climate talks in Montreal later this month.

MEPs rejected an amendment calling for a formal mandate as well as a timetable for negotiating future climate commitments. Before the vote, UK environment minister Margaret Beckett representing the EU presidency said: "We can't just march in to Montreal and dictate how [other countries] should go about their business." Ms Beckett said that the talks would be a success if the EU managed to "get a dialogue and a process going".

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