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EU leaders call to step up the pace of climate negotiations
The 27 Heads of State and Government had an informal meeting in Brussels on 17 September and established the EU’s position for the G–20 summit in Pittsburgh on 24-25 September.
Concerning the climate change agenda and the road to Copenhagen, EU leaders stated “The G-20 should call on all parties to significantly step up the pace of negotiations in order to achieve a successful outcome in Copenhagen ».
In a statement to the press following the leaders’ meeting, José Manuel Barroso said: “We are very worried about the lack of ambition in the negotiations only 80 days from Copenhagen”. Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt echoed the European Commission President: “Negotiations are far too slow. We need to stop the acting and start the action.” There are currently 2,500 un-agreed points in the draft climate negotiating text and a framework agreement rather than a detailed policy seems increasingly likely.  ”Our message to the developing world is that if they are serious about the challenge of cutting emissions we will be there to help, not with a blank cheque, but with a fair proposal”, said José Manuel Barroso.