EU leaders face pressure as climate vote advances

28 October 2008 12:46  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS news)--The European Parliament will vote on the EU climate package on 3-4 December, nearly two weeks ahead of the original date, a spokeswoman for the parliament’s environment committee confirmed on Tuesday.

The vote, which was scheduled for 15-18 December, will put greater pressure on EU member states to find some way of resolving their differences on the proposed measures to slash EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, compared with 1990 levels, by 2020.

Environment ministers will then discuss the parliament’s position during their meeting on 4-5 December, followed by a discussion by EU leaders during the next European summit on 11-12 December.

The parliament’s original date to vote on the climate bill could have led to an awkward situation - the legislative body having to agree to adjustments made by EU leaders, rather than EU leaders debating the package put forward by the parliament.

Tri-partite discussions between the European Commission, member states and the European Parliament will take place ahead of the plenary vote to try to find some common ground on the deal’s details.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed earlier this month that he wants the package signed off before his tenure as EU president ends on 31 December.

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By: Philippa Jones
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