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EU climate goals under pressure as recession looms

Poland has joined Germany in calling for industry exemptions to EU climate rules as a recession in Europe’s major economies is casting doubts on whether Brussels will be able to push through its ambitious CO2 reduction programme, EurActiv reports.EU industry Commissioner Günter Verheugen, speaking at a conference on the Competitiveness Council on 25 September, repeated the Commission’s position that exemptions should not be formalised before an international climate change deal is reached in December 2009, and insisted that pushing industries out of Europe is not the aim of the EU climate package… read more