EU given policy prescription for climate leadership

Commission tables major climate and energy package to cut EU emissions and encourage global deal

The European commission staked the EU's claim to world climate policy leadership on Wednesday by tabling a string of major new measures designed to cut the bloc's greenhouse emissions and cajole world governments into accepting tough global curbs.

Commission president José Manuel Barroso said the "historic" package would implement pledges made by EU leaders last year to take 20 per cent off the union's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 relative to 1990 (EED 09/03/07). "We're translating principles into concrete and specific measures," he said.

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