Green paper on the measures the UE must take to lessen impacts of current and future warming: extracts from the debate with the participation of Stavros Dimas
End production: 10/04/2008 First transmission: 10/04/2008
Guido Sacconi, Member of the EP, on behalf of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change asked the Commission what actions and initiatives aiming at adapting to climate change it intends to adopt at EU level and in its external relations policy to respond to the conclusions of Working Group II of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report anticipating negative effects by current and future impacts of climate change. The House will also vote on a resolution on this topic. The draft resolution calls on the Commission to carry out "a study on the economics of adaptation", including a balance sheet of costs and benefits. It also asks the Commission "to consider including financial measures for adaptation in the next long term financial perspectives for regional policies and structural funds".
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels
||Guido Sacconi, Member of the EP and Chairman of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change, (in ITALIAN) saying that in the elaboration of the resolution taken up by his Committee, they had pointed out as an absolute priority this idea of international cooperation; how can they in the European Union develop a cooperative attitude and a cooperative policy in financial and technical terms with the countries that need more help because they have less capacity to deal with the sometimes devastating effects of global warming;
a second priority is to calibrate and achieve the right interrelation between mitigation and adaptation and the third priority is to push research very hard because, given the enormous variation in situations on the ground, they still do not know enough about the effects that will come because of the global warming, so it is difficult to plan long term policies to adapt to it
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in GREEK) saying that they hope that the European Commission and the European Union as a whole will be able to trace out an ambitious and efficient strategy in order to fight combat the repercussions of climate change, as these are inevitable; they should be respective to the measures taken up so far to bring down the level of CO2 emissions; he hopes that they will be able to strike an agreement in Copenhagen in 2009 on those emissions; in addition, the EU will be taking a leading role when it comes to taking international initiatives on adapting to climate change and these initiatives will be included in the Framework Convention on climate change in the EU
||Jerzy Buzek, Member of the EP, (in POLISH) saying that in the EU budget, they do not have budget lines which reflect the true priorities; the true priority at the moment is combating climate change; the EU's energy policy is very closely linked to this and when it comes to the midterm review of the budget they have to put that right, because the budget must reflect what they see as most important
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