Barroso defines priorities for new commissioners

Climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard will be responsible for overseeing efforts to achieve the EU's CO2 target and to link its emissions trading scheme to other national cap-and-trade schemes, according to a mission letter written by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso.

Her other responsibilities will include promoting low-carbon technologies and coordinating climate adaptation policy, including building on a white paper issued earlier this year. Work on technology and adaptation will be done in cooperation with other commissioners, says Mr Barroso.

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