EU remains elusive over 30% CO2 reduction goal

The European Union is "coming closer" to increasing its carbon reduction target to 30% by 2020, Swedish environment minister Andreas Carlgren said on Monday following a ministerial meeting in Brussels to finalise the EU's position ahead of December's Copenhagen summit.

But Europe remains unclear over when it would adopt the target. Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, environment commissioner Stavros Dimas urged the EU to step up its climate commitment before Copenhagen. "Thirty per cent would be better in our negotiations because we would apply pressure by example," he said.

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