EU climate decisions must be fair to all members: Latvian FM

EU climate decisions must be fair to all members: Latvian FM
# 30 September 2014 00:22 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The European Union's (EU) climate policy target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent must be fairly shared among all member states, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said Monday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"We all are ready to work on reaching an agreement at the European Council's October meeting on the EU's climate policy 2030, but it has to be fair," the Latvian minister told the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels.

"The EU's target to cut the emissions by 40 percent is ambitious, so the impact of this common target on each member state is highly important for taking a decision," said the minister.

Rinkevics, who heads the Latvian delegation at the meeting, added that while the impact of the emissions target on each member state has yet to be evaluated, it is of critical importance.

He said workgroups must continue to work on these decisions, especially the inclusion of the sectors not involved in the emissions trading scheme in the overall emissions target.

The next European Council meeting, scheduled for Oct. 23 to 24, is expected to focus on the bloc's climate and energy policy.

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