Swedish MEP 'extremely happy' with EU vote to cut emissions by 60 percent

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The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to cut Europe's greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent in the next decade, a decision hailed by Jytte Guteland, a lead Swedish lawmaker on the issue.

Guteland tells Swedish Radio News that she was extremely happy with the vote to reduce emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

The EU's current 2030 goal is a 40 percent emissions cut. The vote by parliament sets up a legally binding target for the EU to reduce CO2 emissions and tasks each EU member state with becoming climate neutral by 2050. It will now be sent to the Council of Ministers.

Though many are pleased with the parliament's decision, some say it falls short of what's needed while other say it goes too far.

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