August 8, 2007

Green Mandate Sparks E.U. Lawsuit

Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Estonia are suing the European Union after it tightened carbon quotas in response to complaints that it was too generous in permitting emissions.

To meet the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, the multinational body has committed to cutting carbons emissions by 20 percent by the end of the next decade.

But E.U. officials have avoided discussing burden-sharing among poorer states, who insist that meeting the targets will reduce their competitiveness.

Sources:

“Latvia becomes sixth country to fight EU emissions caps”
EUObserver, August 1, 2007

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