Rompuy proposes greener, leaner EU budget

The European Council president has put climate back on the EU’s financial agenda, agreeing to the EU executive's demand to spend 20% of funds in this area

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy has put climate change back on the EU’s financial agenda, reinstating a provision in the 2014-20 budget whereby at least 20% of funds will be spent on adapting to and mitigating climate change.

Environmental groups have welcomed the move, with WWF's European bureau calling it "an important step in the right direction". But the group deplored other aspects of the proposal, particularly proposed cuts to the common agriculture policy (CAP).*

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