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Déjà vu as Poland and Germany threaten climate deal

Published 21st October 2009 - 2 comments - 867 views -

EU finance ministers failed yesterday to reach a deal on how to pay for climate action in developing countries – a make or break issue in international climate talks.

The EU has in the past shown itself capable of delivering what's needed to secure a deal in Copenhagen, but yesterday’s result also shows it's entirely capable of throwing climate leadership out the window. Heads of State and Government must pick up the pieces when they meet end next week.

Agreement on an EU position on climate financing to take into the Copenhagen climate talks this December foundered as Poland and other Central and Eastern Member States tussled with Germany over how much they would be expected to pay. The issue of the internal financial burden-sharing between member states has gripped climate finance discussions in the EU all year.

Some Member States wanted to see progress on the EU’s finance position yesterday. This coalition of the willing, including the UK, Netherlands and Denmark, were held back by classic internal EU bickering.

After the decisions on last year’s Climate Package, this is déjà vu – with Poland and Germany again taking the EU to the brink before an agreement is found. But this year, such brinkmanship is a serious risk to a fair and safe outcome to the Copenhagen climate summit, on which the fate of millions of poor people around the world depends.


Category: Climate Politics, UN Climate Change Conference 2009, | Tags: eu, money, people,


Fidelius Krammel on 21st October 2009:

Interesting (non-)development. I didn´t hear about it. Do you think there is an underlying conflict? or it just the monay - how much anyway?

Miki on 22nd October 2009:

Such EU bickering will only play into the hands of countries such as China. The entire world’s manufacturing now takes place in China. The lax anti-pollution laws in China have resulted in pollution levels that are way beyond anything imaginable in the West. We don’t read much about it because the Chinese are very good at controlling bad news.

The consumers in the global north were quite happy to see the manufacturing move to China. They assumed all the pollution went with it as well and in return we got very cheap products?

However, thanks to modern science we now know that such pollutions levels will effect not only China but the entire globe. It is therefore vital that the EU get its act together so there is a agreement (on climate talks) this year and that China is firmly on board.

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