“Commission president José Manuel Barroso expressed disappointment with the 11th-hour accord eked out at the Copenhagen climate conference, saying it fell “far short” of the EU’s expectations.
Less than three pages long, the pact lacks elements the EU considers crucial, including collective targets for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Not only does it fail to set a 2010 deadline for concluding a treaty, it does not even mention the need for a legally binding agreement.
Yet even this much was difficult to achieve. As the clock ticked, negotiations appeared on the brink of collapse, with industrialised and developing nations facing off over how to ensure fast-developing nations follow through on pledges to limit emissions.
The conference, scheduled to end Friday, went into overtime as world leaders wrangled over whether to accept the agreement or go home empty-handed. On Saturday, after a night of heated debate, they decided to “take note” of the pact.”
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