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EU support builds to fast-track climate package

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EU institutions are lining up to support ambitious laws on energy and climate change, agreeing that they should be passed by April 2009 – before the European elections. Current EU President Slovenia and the three countries that will succeed it, with European Parliament leaders backed the measures proposed by the European Commission.

Its president, Jose Manuel Barosso, said swift enactment would let Europe take an international lead: “We are looking for having it ready, fully approved, before the Conference in Copenhagen, the global United Nations conference in 2009.”

The Commission on Wednesday outlined ambitious proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels, increase the use of renewable energy in power production to 20 percent and use 10 percent of biofuels for transport by 2020. Energy-intensive industries are insisting on protection from competitors in less environmentally regulated countries.