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Sweden to prioritise climate change negotiations

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In an address to the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee in the first week of September, Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Maud Olofsson, spoke of the need to ‘send a clear message to the international climate negotiations in December in Copenhagen’. Particularly important, she stressed, would be reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the energy efficiency package. The energy efficiency package consists of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC), the Energy Labelling Directive (92/75/EEC) and the Tyre Labelling Regulation and was drawn up in order to legislate for a more carbon efficient economy.

The Deputy Prime Minister also emphasised that an ‘eco-efficient’ economy would ‘address both the economic crisis and the climate challenge at the same time’. In addition, she spoke about the need to ensure secure gas supplies to Europe in order to prevent disruption to the European economy.