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CRE 16/12/2008 - 11

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008 - Strasbourg OJ edition

11. Greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system (debate)
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  Corien Wortmann-Kool, draftsman of the opinion of the Committee on International Trade. (NL) Mr President, I too should like to start by warmly congratulating our rapporteur, the Commission and, last but not least, the Council presidency on the result achieved. Whilst the ambition and objectives have remained intact, the line of attack is much smarter.

In fact, we asked that attention be paid to this in the Committee on International Trade. If we placed a heavy burden on European industry, which has to compete in the global marketplace, what would happen is that some of our industry would move away from Europe. This is contrary to what we are trying to achieve, namely cleaner production both in Europe and beyond. That is why it is to be welcomed that the auctioning scheme has, to a large extent, made way for benchmarks. Congratulations on the end result, because that is also what the Committee on International Trade had pleaded for.

Secondly, I should like to draw your attention to the effort and commitment across the globe. In Poznán, progress was made only reluctantly. We must really join forces with the new President of the United States so that a worldwide agreement can be thrashed out, because we will not really be able to achieve our worldwide goals unless we do so.

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