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Climate Change Committee mandate extended

19 February, 2008


Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the decision by the European Parliament to extend the mandate of Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change by nine months, from 10 May 2008. The parliament has decided that an interim report, dealing only with the scientific aspects of climate change will be produced at that time and the final report will now be produced at the end of the extended mandate of the committee.

The decision to extend the mandate is recognition of the importance of this issue.

The committee will continue with its work including a number of thematic sessions with invited expert speakers.

Commenting on the decision Bairbre de Brún MEP said:

"Climate change is now centre stage in Europe and in EU relations with the wider world. The steps that need to be taken to adapt to climate change and to prevent further negative change will present a major challenge to all European countries in the time ahead.

"I have been privileged to be part of the work of this committee since it was established and I welcome the decision today to extend the committee mandate for a further period. I look forward to continuing the valuable work in the months ahead as the EU works with others to reach an international agreement to follow on from the Kyoto protocol when it ends in 2012." ENDS

Note to Editor

The European Parliament today agreed to extend the mandate of Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change by nine months, from 10 May. An interim report will now be produced by May, pending the committee's final report.

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