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EU at COP: middle field instead of top

EU Climate Czar Frans Timmermans is under pressure at COP27. The first calls for a European climate ambassador are being voiced.

The most common question this week will be: When and how will the EU increase its climate target? With the trilogue agreement on the LULUCF regulation, Europe is on track to cut more emissions than envisaged in the EU climate law. This would allow EU negotiators at COP27 to implement what they themselves are asking others to do: raise the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) deposited with the UN. The EU will certainly not officially announce an NDC increase in Sharm el-Sheikh. But it is likely to put this proposal on the table in negotiations with other countries.

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