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Six EU States Cast Doubt On Proposed 2030 Climate Goals

Sophie Yeo, Responding to Climate Change

Central European countries reject renewables and efficiency goals as part of EU’s 2030 climate package

A central Europe coalition has challenged the EU’s latest package of climate policies, three weeks before they are set to be finalised in Brussels.

Ministers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania stated their opposition to renewable and energy efficiency targets – cornerstones of the package of climate change policies that the EU will finalise in October.

And they questioned plans to curb EU emissions 40% by 2030 on 1990 levels, saying a target “must be set realistically”.

The states, which together form the ‘Visegrad Group’ (V4+2), are among the poorest in the EU, and emit a disproportionately high volume of carbon dioxide due to their energy intensive industries and reliance on coal.

These countries have resisted the EU’s more ambitious climate policies, concerned that it would leave their economies facing an unfair burden in the transition to a cleaner energy system.

“The introduction of any legally binding renewable energy and energy efficiency targets at EU or national level is not desirable,” wrote ministers from the six countries in a statement, following a meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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