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copenhagen 2009

Environment Minister Talks Future Plans

Published söndag 19 juli 2009 kl 17.12
Environment Minister Carlgren faces a tough challenge

Next week sees an important EU energy meeting at the Swedish ski resort of Åre - it will be the last big EU meeting before the climate summit in Copenhagen in December and also the last chance for the Swedish EU presidency to organise a coherent European participation for December.

A lot of the pressure is on Sweden's Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren, who talked to Swedish news agency TT on Sunday.

He was clear that the EU could not simply answer calls from environmental groups to take the lead for the industrialised world by pledging money to help the poorer countries to green their economies. 'I am not against talking sums, but what the developing countries are saying, the serious ones that aren't simply trying to be difficult, is that we have to talk about how we will produce the money and how we can build up a long-term system. Naturally in the end it will come down to money - no money no deal. Of that I am convinced. But it is not that which is blocking things here today' the minister said.

Regarding whether he will be able to bring Poland and Italy on side, two countries that have been resistant to climate deals, Carlgren said that he will make a statement on this at the fina press conference. 'if I have done well, then I will have been able to get all the environment ministers there to, at least, see what is needed in the Autumn in order to succeed.'

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