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EU’s position at Doha conference adopted despite Council blockage

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

EU’s position at Doha conference adopted despite Council blockage

The European Parliament voted on Thursday 22 November in favor of a common EU’s position at the UN climate change conference held between Monday, 26 November to Friday, 7 December 2012 in Doha.
This comes after the council of heads of states could not reach an agreement and adopt a common position ahead of the Doha conference, due to Poland’ veto. The resolution issued by the Parliament underlines however that the unanimous adoption of Council conclusions is not required for actions in the field of climate change. Thus MEPs urge the Council to adopt such positions only on the basis of qualified majority, as the treaties indicate.
The NGOs welcomed the decision and described it as a step forward towards a strong EU position in global climate negotiations.  
Poland has blocked Council’s conclusion on the position because it fears it will not be able to trade anymore its surplus of carbon credits in the next Kyoto trading period.


Source: European Voice