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EU Executive Is Said to Seek More Control Over Climate Targets

  • EU to unveil law on 2050 climate-neutrality remit next week
  • Law may raise bar for opponents to block intermediate goals

The European Union’s executive is seeking more powers to ensure the bloc delivers on the unprecedented Green Deal strategy for the region to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

The European Commission is considering a provision to radically change the way the 27-nation bloc sets its emission-reduction goals as part of a law that will make the mid-century climate objective irreversible, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The new rules would make it more difficult for national governments and the European Parliament to object to intermediate targets that the EU executive would propose over the next 30 years, said the people, who asked not to be identified.