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