Climate change activists and farmers have been staging protests outside the EU summit in Brussels amid tight security. EU leaders are debating the Lisbon Treaty and how to tighten financial regulation.
The summit will also touch on preparations for the UN conference on climate change, coming up in December. Greenpeace activists distributed fake Herald Tribune newspapers as delegates entered the European Council. They are calling on member states to properly finance climate change which ecologists say is not being taken seriously enough by those responsible for setting the European Commission’s agenda. Greenpeace claims it wants to ensure the finance is in place for developing nations to tackle the issue. Spokeswoman Agnes de Rooij said: “We want the leaders in the EU to come up with concrete amounts of money for developing countries to tackle climate change so they can start to mitigate climate change, have forest protection, have forest protection and start adapting to climate change as well.” Farmers are calling on EU leaders to help dairy farmers cope with plunging milk prices. They want the EU to introduce “flexible control of volumes”, enabling them to adjust to supply and demand. A group of women farmers are planning an all-night protest outside the council building.