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EU Seen Shifting Gear on Sweeping Climate Reforms Next Year

  • French presidency will drive progress, EU’s Petriccione says
  • Explanation phase of the bloc’s climate laws is ending
Power Generation in Germany
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

European Union negotiations regarding an unprecedented climate-policy overhaul are set to gather pace next year as France takes over the rotating presidency of the bloc, according to a senior EU official.

“We’ll have to change gear,” said Mauro Petriccione, director general for climate at the European Commission, at an online event. “We know for a fact the French presidency is extremely committed. They do have a rather good track record on getting things done on climate change.”