EU struggles toward climate package consensus

MEPs and governments still to resolve key issues in debate to agree new carbon trading rules and 2020 reduction targets

The EU continued its struggle to reach agreement on a package of new climate and energy measures on Thursday.  Environment ministers discussed the package, the European parliament held a debate on the plans and the MEPs responsible for its different elements presented state-of-play summaries of their compromise talks with governments.  But green campaigners warned that the proposals were heading for a massive dilution.

The council of environment ministers debated the package behind closed doors at a meeting in Brussels.   There were no signs that any breakthroughs had been reached on outstanding points.  The part of the plans furthest from resolution is a draft revision of the directive behind the EU carbon emission trading scheme (ETS).

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