Italy is exaggerating, says Brussels, as Rome continues its push to water down European Union climate change plans. A European Commission spokewoman cast doubt on Rome’s claims:
“The issue is that the Italian authorities have come forward with some numbers, as to the cost of the package. They claim that those numbers are part of our impact assessment. We are unable to find those numbers in the impact assessment, and believe and are convinced that those numbers are exaggerated.”
Other countries are sticking to the ambitous goals and say they are ready to negotiate the package by this December.
Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo at a meeting with her EU counterparts on Monday said she wanted proposals to include a clause allowing the package to be revised once its costs are fully assessed. She said a lot of countries are perplexed about the pact: “If we take account of their demands, there’ll be an agreement in December. Otherwise, it will be delayed.”
The Commission estimates the costs for Italy to meet emissions reductions and energy efficiency targets would be within 13 billion euros. Italy’s employers lobby Confindustria has cited more than double that.