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EU Countries: Carbon Emissions

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Polish and Czech counterparts on carbon dioxide emission reductions. (242468)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary’s discussions with EU partners on emissions reduction targets have been largely in the context of delivering the EU’s 2020 climate and energy legislative package. The package represents the delivery phase of the commitments which were agreed by heads of Government at the 2007 spring European Council, and puts the EU on track towards a low carbon economy. We welcome the agreement of the ambitious 2020 package at the December European Council.

Throughout 2008, Government officials had good contact on the package with their Polish and Czech opposite numbers and the Foreign Secretary also discussed climate and energy issues with Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski and Czech Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg.