Mandelson rejects carbon tax on EU imports

Trade commissioner expresses "serious doubts" about French plan; insists that open trade needed to tackle climate

EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has come out against a French proposal to impose an EU carbon tax on imports from countries who refuse to commit to limits on their greenhouse gas emissions after 2012 through the Kyoto protocol process.

In a speech to trade experts on Monday, Mr Mandelson expressed "serious doubts" about the plan proposed by French prime minister Dominique de Villepin in November (EED 14/11/06). Mr de Villepin warned that countries refusing to contribute to a post-2012 agreement would be guilty of "environmental dumping".

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