EU con­sid­ers new pro­posal to let poorer mem­bers pay less into cli­mate change aid fund

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - World -

BRUS­SELS, BEL­GIUM — Try­ing to forge a united stand on cli­mate change, the 27-na­tion Euro­pean Union con­sid­ered a new pro­posal Fri­day that would let poorer east­ern mem­bers pay less into a cli­mate change aid fund than the bloc’s lead­ing coun­tries.

EU leaders opened a fi­nal day of sum­mit talks Fri­day try­ing to ac­com­mo­date nine east­ern EU mem­bers hard hit by the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. The mem­bers — in­clud­ing Hun­gary and Poland — made it clear that their cri­sis-stretched bud­gets had lit­tle ex­tra money to sup­port a fund to help de­vel­op­ing na­tions cope with global warm­ing.

The nine de­manded con­ces­sions so the EU could reach a united deal on cli­mate aid ahead of the De­cem­ber UN con­fer­ence on cli­mate change in Copen­hagen.

Af­ter Thurs­day’s talks dead­locked, diplo­mats worked into the night to present a new draft that shields poorer mem­ber states bet­ter. The wa­tered­down draft was ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“We un­der­stand the le­git­i­mate con­cerns of east­ern mem­bers while of course un­der­stand­ing ev­ery­body has to con­trib­ute,” said Italy’s For­eign Min­is­ter Franco Frat­tini.

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