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de Brún demands strong Climate Change Deal

24 November, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Speaking in a European Parliament debate today Bairbre de Brún MEP called on world leaders to reach a legally binding deal in Copenhagen which is strong enough to tackle the challenge of climate change while being just and fair to developing countries.

Ms de Brún, who co-authored a European Parliament resolution to be voted on Wednesday at this month's Strasbourg plenary session, said " the EU must continue to set and implement binding effective targets for emission reductions, to develop new cleaner technologies and to commit itself to climate justice so that developing countries are not left to reap what the developed world has sown"

"The European Parliament resolution which I have co-authored aims at achieving a legally binding agreement at the Climate Change summit in Copenhagen in December which is strong enough to tackle the challenge of climate change while being just and fair to developing countries.

"The costs of inaction will be far greater than the costs of taking action. Even in Europe we will not escape the effects of climate change including a rise in extreme weather events like those we have seen recently.

"On the other hand, ambitious climate measures would contribute to solving the current economic problems, securing new jobs and social cohesion in both developed and developing countries."

MEP de Brún said the message from the EU in Copenhagen should be "no more excuses from others and no excuses from us".

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