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Public Hearing: Key Issues in Post-Copenhagen Climate Change Policy

Apr 15th, 2010 |

Brussels, 15 April 2010. Yesterday, the European People’s Party group (EPP Group) hosted a public hearing on “Key-issues in Post-Copenhagen Climate Change Policy” in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Ms. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, underlined the European interest in intensifying diplomacy and interaction. “If this target will be missed, Europe will stand alone with the Kyoto Protocol”, she said. The art of compromise, which is at the basis of the informal diplomacy, is necessary to mobilize all countries and to understand the issue, Ms. Hedegaard closed.

Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, stressed the fact that Copenhagen didn’t deliver a package of decisions and ended with a disappointing accord, not legally binding and not including any emission reduction targets. The Climate Summit collapsed because “the discussion groups were too small and the criteria of selection unknown, the allowed time to subscribe the Accord was too short and the speech of Obama on the outcomes of Copenhagen inappropriate.” Additionally, the developing countries doubt that the industrial countries will seriously meet the Kyoto Protocol requirements. “The Kyoto Protocol is not ambitious but still real”, Mr. de Boer said and concluded that it is still possible to convince the developing countries to leave it for a new and unknown one.

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