Sarkozy Urges World To Follow EU Emissions Example

By: AP
By: AP

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has urged world partners to follow the EU's example in setting down a plan for emissions cuts to fight global warming.

Sarkozy says the 27-nation bloc has "now delivered" and it is now the time for others such as the United States and China to follow suit.

Speaking at the end of an EU summit, he said "people will not follow Europe unless we set the example." France holds the rotating presidency of the EU.

EU leaders agreed Friday on a plan laying out how the 27 member countries will cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020. The plan includes concessions meant to ensure that the hefty cost of curbing pollution will not impede economic growth, particularly to Eastern European countries.

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Diplomats say European leaders have agreed on how they will carry out an ambitious plan to fight global warming.

The plan lays out how the 27 member countries will cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and is meant to set an example for world efforts to tackle climate change.

The plan includes various burden-sharing measures meant to ensure that the hefty cost of curbing pollution will not impede economic growth. The cost of the plan had caused uproar among many poor eastern European countries, especially as the continent grapples with economic downturn.

The diplomats announced the deal Friday at an EU leaders summit. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the conclusions publicly.

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