Barroso warns EU states to compromise on climate

Commission president says heads of government must agree package this week; urges transatlantic carbon market

European commission president José Manuel Barroso has urged EU leaders to be "prepared to compromise" when they meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to finalise their position on a new climate and energy package.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Mr Barroso said this week's European council was "the most crucial for many years". Heads of government will try to thrash out a deal on several major new and revised EU laws. Deals are already finalised on laws to promote renewables (see separate story, this issue) and to curb emissions from cars (EED 02/12/08). Leaders will also attempt to agree a joint EU response to the economic downturn (EED 26/11/08).

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