• Sweden edition
 

Reinfeldt urges EU unity on climate change aid

Published: 29 Oct 2009 15:13 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Oct 2009 15:13 GMT+01:00

"I want a mention of a sum... let's see what is possible, it's coming close to the decisive moment, we're not ready yet," said Reinfeldt, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency.

He hoped his colleagues would use the summit as an opportunity to reach agreement and overcome resistance on the issue, which remains strong in many eastern European countries.

"I also want a mention of the sum because it's needed for other developed countries," he added, ahead of the two-day summit in Brussels.

While the leaders have already agreed on broad objectives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, vowing to cut them 20 percent by 2020, they are split on how to share the costs for such efforts, both within and outside Europe.

The European Union is keen to enter international climate talks in Copenhagen in December speaking with a unified voice to encourage the rest of the world, particularly the United States and China, to commit to sweeping emissions cuts themselves.

However the question of how to help developing nations pay for action against climate change remains a major bone of contention, with poorer central and eastern European countries showing little enthusiasm to put their hands in their pockets.

The European Commission estimates that €100 billion ($147 billion) will have to be found annually by 2020, with €22-50 billion of that to be found from public coffers.

The commission hopes that Europe's contribution will reach up to €15 billion per year in the 2013-2020 period, and is also calling for €1.5 billion to be provided annually as fast start up money for 2010-2013.

While environmental groups argue that would be insufficient, some countries argue that their cupboards are already bare due to the economic crisis which plunged Europe into recession and has left many with massive public deficits.

"In the current form, the burden-sharing proposal is not acceptable to us," said Hungary's Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, adding that this view is shared by Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia -- all newer members who have joined the EU since 2004.

A major problem in deciding who pays what is the balance to be found between charging the richest nations and charging the most polluting nations.

Eastern countries, led by Poland and its coal-fuelled power stations, say they will be overly penalized if too much emphasis is put on emissions, arguing that the more developed western European nations have already benefited from unfettered pollution levels and should fork out for the changes.

Others argue that Europe should wait to see the results of the Copenhagen talks before it decides on its own contributions in too much detail.

Sweden's European Affairs Minister Cecilia Malström sought to minimize the consequences of a failure to reach a unanimous deal in Brussels.

"We still have time," before the Copenhagen talks start on December 7, she said on the margins of a pre-summit meeting of European liberal leaders.

Others in Brussels displayed more urgency on the climate funding issue.

"The time has come when the EU has to put money on the table," said Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

"Some of my colleagues think we should wait for tactical reasons, that we keep our wallet in our pocket," but that would risk undermining Europe's position at the head of the climate talks, he argued.

"We could keep this leadership if we put money on the table," he said.

Finnish PM Matti Vahanen agreed: "I really hope we can do it because the EU will have its summits with US, China and India during the next few weeks and it will be good that we have some concrete figures on the table. We have to say that we are really committed to finance developing countries."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

20:44 October 29, 2009 by mkvgtired
I will post again:

We are not anywhere we have not been in the past. The medieval warm period as well as the little ice age are widely acknowledged by climatologists. The medieval warm period was warmer than it is today followed by a cold period.

(attached image not shown)

Loehle, C. and J.H. McCulloch. 2008. Correction to: A 2000-year global temperature reconstruction based on non-tree ring proxies. Energy and Environment, 19, 93-100. (http://www.econ.ohio-state.edu/jhm/AGW/Loehle/)

Antarctic Ice has been recovering and is stable.

http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IM...anom.south.jpg

University of Illinois

And over the past decade global temperatures have been cooling, despite the rise in CO2.

http://icecap.us/images/uploads/MSUCRUCO2.jpg

Joseph D’Aleo, Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, 2009 This is a compilation of data from the most cited temperature and CO2 monitoring sources.

A report censored by the EPA because it did not fall into line with the "conventional" knowledge.

http://cei.org/news-release/2009/06/25/cei...dy-censored-epa

Remember every government agency's sole goal is perpetual existence. Here are the emails from a higher up at the EPA telling the scientist that his "comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision"

http://www.poligazette.com/2009/10/23/epa-...eptics-correct/

In the past didn't scientists debate facts to come to a conclusion. Now all I see are government funded scientists (gov agencies, the UN, Universities receiving government funds, etc) belittling any scientist that brings contradicting evidence to the table. Scientists from leading global institutions have published reports that are not only shunned by the government funded scientists, the government funded scientists launch personal attacks against the researchers that do not agree with them. Do you really want to trust a bunch of people who can't even engage in a debate about conflicting scientific points of view with trillions of dollars of taxpayer money?

I agree we need to cut back our energy imports/use. The truth is oil spills do occur, and there is very strong consensus they damage the environment. It is also proven that other toxins in industrial and consumer (including auto) waste and emissions are harmful to people. Also, the West receives most of our energy from sources hostile to our interests. These above factors in themselves give us strong incentives to become energy independent. That being said we need to find a way to achieve this without crippling our economy. The climate treaty being proposed in Copenhagen will not benefit anyone in the West.
12:46 October 30, 2009 by karex
You forget the rapid melting of the Siberian permafrost which has been trapping tons of methane gas under the ice. If this gets into the atmosphere it could cause an immediate catastrophe.
21:34 October 30, 2009 by Davyboy
Global warming is a con. Climate change has been happening for tens of thousands of years. Go to 'You Tube' and type in 'Lord Monckton'.

He is a member of the House of Lords in the UK. He recently went to the USA to debate 'global warming' with that con artist Al Gore. When he landed there, he was told by a member of the Democratic party that he would not be permitted to debate Gore because they (the Democrats) did'nt want want Gore to be 'humiliated' - that was the actual word used. Lord Monckton used to be a government science advisor to Margaret Thatcher.
Today's headlines
Stockholm Pride 2014
Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats
Photos: Henrik Montgomery/Fredrik Persson/TT

Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats

While a record number of ministers and party leaders will participate in the Stockholm Pride Parade this year, there are notable exceptions - including SD leader Jimmie Åkesson, who is not only 'uninterested' but banned. READ  

Gender neutral 'hen' enters dictionary
Soon 'hen' will be found on this page. Photo: The Local

Gender neutral 'hen' enters dictionary

The ever-controversial pronoun 'hen' has won its battle and is set to officially become part of the Swedish language. READ  

Pines, polska and magic: Urkult Music Festival
Photo: Danny Chapman/The Local

Pines, polska and magic: Urkult Music Festival

The Urkult music festival in northern Sweden may be less sex, drugs and rock'n'roll and more family fun, chai and polska dancing - but Danny Chapman says it’s one of the most magical Swedish experiences he has had. READ  

Presented by Stockholm Business Region
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
You want one of these. Photo: Skatteverket

Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm

When it comes to data-driven life, from daycare to healthcare, Sweden is in a league of its own. Above all, your personal number is the key that unlocks life in Stockholm. READ  

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

All aboard! We're off to the island of Gotland for our Property of the Week - a home right in the heart of Medieval Visby. Whether you're looking to buy or dying to look - this is the place for you. READ  

Stockholm Pride 2014
Stockholm Pride glides into seventeenth year
Stockholm Pride. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/TT

Stockholm Pride glides into seventeenth year

The largest pride festival in Scandinavia is back for the 17th year in a row. The week promises to be packed with activities - and a glamorous opening gala with Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst. READ  

Preschool teacher arrested for child rape
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Preschool teacher arrested for child rape

A man has been arrested on the suspicion of raping a child at the preschool where he is employed. READ  

Police arrest 17 people after fatal shooting
Police at the scene. Photo: Niklas Luks/TT

Police arrest 17 people after fatal shooting

Seventeen people were arrested during the early hours of Tuesday after a man was shot dead in central Sweden. Several of the suspects were already known to the police for gang crimes. READ  

Cops find 15kg cocaine stash in woman's car

Cops find 15kg cocaine stash in woman's car

A 35-year-old woman faces charges for aggravated narcotic crimes after police found 15 kilogrammes of unusually high-concentrated cocaine in her car. READ  

Opinion
The top six ways the US and Sweden differ

The top six ways the US and Sweden differ

Back home in the US and with a solid Swedish stint under his belt, contributor Steven Schier has listed what he thinks are the six biggest differences between Sweden and the states. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching, June 26th - 28th. Get inside Stockholm's hottest nightclubs
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Blog updates

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 

24 July

Sharing our Pride: Celebrating Love & the LGBT Community! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"It’s mid- July in Stockholm, and with much of the city on vacation, things can seem a little quiet – the streets, the bus, and the grocery store. One thing that has not paused for a summer break, though, is preparation for Stockholm’s Pride Festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 2...." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

732
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se