Statement by EU's climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard on the European Council conclusions on climate and energy
Connie Hedegaard said: "We got the clear signal: Europe's 2030 emissions target will be fully in line with our agreed 2050 objectives. This is exactly in line with the Commission's proposal: a cost-effective 40% emissions target in 2030. And there's more good news: the whole set of decisions, including on renewables and energy efficiency, will be taken no later than October. Today EU leaders showed that the way to greater energy independence goes through ambitious climate policies. These aims can and must go hand-in-hand. With the Commission's proposal as the base, Europe is now moving forward towards agreeing on the whole package by October. A good day!"