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UN Climate Change update - Climate package and financial crisis feature high during Poznan talks

10 December, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún (Ireland) and GUE/NGL colleague Roberto Musacchio (Italy) have been participating in discussions at the UN climate change conference in Poznan since the beginning of this week with representatives from NGOs, political movements, the European Commission and the United Nations.

To date, these discussions have focused largely on the final stages of negotiations on the new package of EU legislation on climate change currently taking place between the Commission, Council and Parliament in Brussels. These talks will have a huge impact on negotiations between now and the decisions taken in Copenhagen in December 2009, and discussions in Poznan greatly reflect this.

During a first briefing with MEPs this morning, EU Commissioner Dimas provided updates on the current state of play on the climate package before talking about the negotiations in Poznan. The results achieved in Copenhagen next year are likely to be determined by decisions taken this week in Brussels, he said.

Bairbre de Brún warned against the dangers of the EU going back on commitments made in Bali under the pretext of the current economic crisis and job losses.

She said:

"The financial crisis should be an incentive to develop renewables, improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. More action could mean a new industrial revolution creating more employment. The EU must go with this new thinking and provide leadership here in Poznan as it has done in the past." ENDS

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