Member states could reach ‘conditional agreement’ on net zero this week - Commission source

A highly placed European Commission official has told ENDS that EU member states might reach a conditional agreement on a net-zero target for 2050 this week, perhaps linked to the post-2020 budget.

Although unsure of getting the last three governments on board at this week’s European Council summit, the source said an agreement linked to the post-2020 budget may be possible. “I think that's a constructive way forward,” the source said.

The EU executive hopes that its ‘European Green Deal’, announced on Wednesday, with plans for a €100bn 'just transition mechanism' to help countries transform their economies and industrial landscape, will persuade coal-dependent Poland and its allies Hungary and Czechia to stop blocking the target.

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