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EC's Prodi rejects call to drop Kyoto Protocol
www.chinaview.cn 2004-02-27 00:33:33

    BRUSSELS, Feb. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- European Commission (EC) President Romano Prodi Thursday called on members of the European Union (EU) to fulfill their commitments to the Kyoto Protocol ratified in 2002.

    The remarks came in response to a call by Loyola de Palacio, EU commissioner for transport and energy, who earlier told the British newspaper the Financial Times that plans to implement cuts in greenhouse gas emissions pose a severe threat to European industry.

    "The Protocol represents a significant first step towards realizing the goal of stabilizing atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases at safe levels," Prodi said.

    "We cannot and we will not back down in the fight against human-induced climate change," he stressed.

    The Kyoto Protocol, which places constraints on industry's output of greenhouse gas emissions, was ratified by the EU and its member governments on May 31, 2002.

    The EU has already committed itself to cutting emissions by eight percent on 1990 levels by 2012. Each member of the EU has accepted a target for limiting its emissions in an internal "burden-sharing" agreement.

    But the protocol has also invited criticism from conservative leaders and pro-business groups within the EU. Enditem

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