Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Rift over new EU energy, climate policy deepens

An European Union flag flutters outside of the European Parliament in BrusselsBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Commissioners clashed on Friday over what the European Union's climate and energy policy goals for 2030 should be, with time for agreement running short ahead of their planned publication this month, EU sources said. The European Union has sought to lead the global fight against climate change, but the economic crisis has sapped the appetite of business and some member states for decisive action because of concerns over competitiveness and cost. Any policy announcement on targets to succeed the 2020 EU goals on cutting emissions, improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy use, will require around two years of EU debate to become law. But it will send a signal ahead of next year's U.N. talks on a successor to the Kyoto pact on tackling climate change.

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