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Thursday, October 08, 2020, 18:01
European Parliament cements position on climate change law
By Reuters
Thursday, October 08, 2020, 18:01 By Reuters

This photograph taken on Oct 6, 2020 shows Union European members' flags flying in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. (SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has rubber-stamped its position on the European Union’s climate law, confirming its support for a 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent against 1990 levels, according to vote results released on Thursday.

The vote confirms Parliament’s position, which was agreed in preliminary votes earlier this week, on a landmark law to make the EU’s climate targets legally binding.

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Parliament must agree the final law with the EU’s 27 member countries, only a few of whom have said they would support a 60 percent emissions-cutting target. But by backing the goal, lawmakers hope to pressure countries to not water it down in the negotiations to an emissions cut of less than 55 percent.

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The EU’s current 2030 target is a 40 percent emissions cut.

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