Barroso, Reinfeldt at the Brussels meeting
Climate Change

Climate Experts Criticise EU Deal

Several climate experts in Sweden have criticised what the leaders of the European Union called “an important step forward” at Friday’s EU meeting in Brussels. Speaking to Swedish Radio news, the head of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation Svante Axelsson expressed his disappointment over the climate agenda which EU leaders adopted after long discussions.

The EU’s support of the green transition of the industries of developing countries with a yearly sum of 100 million euro is even less than what the United Nations demands, Axelsson said. This would not be enough to reach a breakthrough at the global climate summit in Copenhagen in December, he added.

Richard Klein of the Stockholm Environment Institute told Swedish Radio news that many developing countries mistrust the vows of EU leaders. As the EU is still divided over who will pay for what, African and Asian nations fear that Europe will fail to take concrete actions when it is time to do so, Klein complained.

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