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Date published: 2008/01/16

The BBC says:

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says there will be no compromise on plans for EU countries to cut carbon emissions.

He was speaking to the European Parliament after a number of countries complained about targets due to be made public by the commission next week.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned Brussels against "penalising unnecessarily" the prospects of growth.

Mr Barroso said the EU should "put our money where our mouth is".

"Do not expect us to compromise on European interests," he said.

"Both our international credibility and credibility before European Union citizens depend on fulfilment of the targets."

The new targets are aimed at cutting levels of carbon dioxide by 20% and raising the proportion of renewable energy to 20% by 2020.

Other countries are also understood to have objected to the proposals and business groups fear there could be a knock-on effect for European companies.

Let's see, the entire EU stance on carbon emissions is now driven by the fact that the European Commission does not want to lose face. What a great reason for doing something. And when Barroso says that he does not want "to compromise on European interests" he means "European Commission interests", since it is pretty clear that in this area the European Commission is not considering the interests of the citizens of Europe at all.

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