By Agency Report
Negotiators for the European Union (EU) institutions have struck a deal on new climate rules.
Officials from the European Parliament and the EU Council told dpa early Wednesday, paving the way for at least a 55 per cent emissions-reduction target to be enshrined in law.
Representatives of the 27 governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission came to an agreement after months of fruitless negotiations behind closed doors.
The new target is a significant jump from the current target of 40 per cent emissions reductions, compared to 1990 levels.
“This is a landmark moment for the EU and a strong signal to the world: our commitment to #ClimateNeutralEU will guide our policies the next 30 years.
“And positive news to share before #EarthDay,’’ European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, who is in charge of climate, tweeted.
“This is a good day for people and planet,’’ Timmermans added.
As the deal was struck by political representatives for the institutions, the EU governments and parliament will still have to formally agree to the plans.
The parliament’s Green Party has previously expressed reservation, but would not have enough votes to block the passage of the law by itself.