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EU leaders agree to consider climate in coronavirus recovery plan

(Reuters, 30 Mar 2020) A statement said they had agreed the bloc's economic response plan should be consistent with the 'green transition'.

European Union leaders have agreed that the bloc's coronavirus economic recovery plan should take heed of its aim to fight climate change.

Following a six-hour video conference, the 27 EU leaders agreed late on Thursday to coordinate a coronavirus economic recovery plan.

Although the details of the plan itself still have to be worked out, a statement said they had agreed that it should be consistent with the "green transition", the phrase the EU uses to describe the aim of reducing emissions that heat the planet.

The EU's executive commission wants its 27 member states to sign up at a summit in June to plans to make the entire bloc greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. So far, Poland is the only holdout.

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Reuters, 30 Mar 2020: EU leaders agree to consider climate in coronavirus recovery plan