European leaders are being urged not to use the financial crisis as an excuse to go back on promises to fight climate change.
The plea comes from the European Commission president, ahead of an emergency EU summit today.
Leaders adopted the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and agreed to make one fifth of their energy sources renewable.
But some countries, including France and Italy, are now warning that the state of the global economy needs to be taken into account.
The climate change plan, which would be expensive for many countries, is just one of the tricky financial issues up for discussion today in Brussels.