World Environment News

EU Air Emission Law Opponents Agree Counter Measures

Date: 23-Feb-12
Country: RUSSIA
Author: Jennifer Rankin

Countries opposed to an EU law which forces the world's airlines to pay for their emissions have agreed a basket of retaliatory measures but will leave it up to each country to chose among them, Russia's deputy Transport Minister said on Wednesday.

"Every state will chose the most effective and reliable measures which will help to cancel or postpone the implementation of the EU ETS," Valery Okulov, whose ministry hosted the meeting of 26 nations, told a news conference.

Okulov said Saudi Arabia would organize the next meeting of the so-called "coalition of the unwilling" in the summer.

(Writing by Melissa Akin; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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