Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Elliot Morley MP, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum of 24 January 2006 which Sub Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) considered at its meeting today.

  The Committee welcomes the Report on progress towards achieving the Community's Kyoto target and recognises the key importance of the Kyoto targets in regulating climate change and averting environmental disaster.

  In our report "The EU and Climate Change" (HL Paper 179-1, 30th Report, Session 2003-04), the Committee concluded that the Protocol provides a good initial framework for taking global action to combat climate change, and that the EU's climate change policy provides a good example of how nations can be encouraged to work together on important and controversial issues. In this respect we share the Government's concern that the EU should not rely on over-compliance by some Member States to ensure its overall target is met. Instead, all Member States must strive to meet and exceed their targets if the burden sharing agreement is to be successful.

  The Committee decided to clear the report from scrutiny.

16 February 2006  

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