EU states "closer to deal on climate package"

Polish prime minister signals progress in council discussions following meeting with French president in Paris

EU governments are getting closer to an agreement on the proposed package of legislative proposals to achieve Europe's climate objectives for 2020, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday.

The climate package was among several issues raised by Mr Tusk during a meeting with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.  Poland is one of the most vocal critics of plans to set stricter EU carbon emission rules, one of the package's most controversial elements (EED 31/10/08).

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