Climate Change package discussed at EU Summit – Barroso asks Europeans to keep climate change ambitions in the face of the financial crisis
October 17, 2008
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and many other EU leaders at the EU Council building in Brussels, are currently discussing how the EU nations can keep their ambitions about reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 and how to deal with the impact of the financial crisis.
In a meeting with RT HON Gordon BROWN, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Barroso,said that “the best way to defend European interests in European industry, European growth and European jobs is to have a global agreement” For this reason, he and President Sarkozy are going to meet President Bush in order to face the situation together and to come up with concrete proposals.
However, he also stressed that this global agreement can only be realized if Europe keeps its leadership role. Even though he understands that some EU member states are rather skeptical and precautious during this delicate period, he reminds all EU leaders of the long-term responsibilities they have to assume towards Europe and the rest of the world.EBS