Environment in the EU: the new East-West split

EPA/Bart Maat

An environmental activists places a facemask on the statue of former politician Pim Fortuyn to draw attention to the bad air quality in Rotterdam, 3 July 2014. On the facemask are the words 'Adem of Rotterdam' (translation: Breath of Rotterdam).

Environment ministers surprise Commission with support for higher EU 2030 carbon target.

Today’s environment Council showed a new split between the western and the eastern, formerly Communist, EU member states, as well as between the same western member states and the Commission.

Surprisingly, a majority of environment ministers meeting in Brussels today have joined calls for the EU to increase its 2030 carbon target. On Wednesday, the European Commission failed to recommend a review of the EU’s target to match commitments under the Paris climate deal of 2015.

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