EU ‘open’ to talks on ETS, but won’t change law

European Union officials said recently they will negotiate with international partners angry at what they see as a climate tax on airlines, but refused to change the hotly disputed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).


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European Union officials said recently they will negotiate with international partners angry at what they see as a climate tax on airlines, but refused to change the hotly disputed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

“We have always been open to continuing discussions on the possibility of equivalent measures” outside Europe, Isaac Valero, spokesman for European Union climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard, told AFP.

“This way we hope to reach a global agreement,” he said, referring to a longstanding failure to bring industrialised and emerging powers onto the same page over environmental objectives for big industry. “But awaiting this global agreement, we are not going to change our legislation,” he underlined.