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Informal Ministerial Round Table for ambitious follow up to Durban

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President Jose Manuel Barroso took part in an Informal Ministerial Round Table for Ambitious Follow Up to Durban. At the end of this two day meeting (7-8 May) on climate negotiations and preparations for Rio+20, the President said: "The EU has traditionally been at the forefront of climate action – and we will stay there, even in difficult economic times. This is not only crucial for the fight against climate change. It is also an integral part of our so-called Europe 2020 Strategy, for competitiveness and economic growth. It creates green growth and green jobs, while helping save energy and other costs," and added: "The EU will deliver on what it agreed in Durban: we will go for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol. But we also expect others to deliver on the other parts of the Durban package. This is the message I will bring to the G20 Summit in and to Rio+20 in the summer.”