EU: CLIMATE PACKAGE AND FRENCH PRESIDENCY SEEN BY PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS

"The socialist group positively welcomes the agreement on the climate package" reached last week at the EU summit which is going to be voted at the EU Parliament plenary session (15-18 December). This is what Dimitris Komodromos, from the socialist press office in Strasbourg, explains adding that the socialist group is currently discussing the topic for the vote. Nevertheless the socialists are against the working time directive (that will extend the working time up to 60 hours a week). Commenting on the EU-27 summit, the Populists said "when Europe wants to, when it is united and set itself ambitious but realistic goals," it becomes "an additional value for its citizens." In Strasbourg, the Populists will support the agreement reached by the Heads of State and Government on the environment and the actions to tackle the economic crisis. For Neil Corlett, Liberal Democrats’ spokesman, the summit outcome ‘is quite positive’ and the six-month French presidency as well. On climate package, "the tank is half full". The greens on the contrary, explains spokesman Helmut Weixler, think the decisions taken on the energy/climate issue "should have been more ambitious."

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