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Germany, France Resolve Emission Dispute
    2008-06-10 16:09:57     CRIENGLISH.com
France and Germany announced on Monday that they have reached a compromise over EU plans to reduce car emissions in a bid to fight global warming.

The two countries' leaders made the announcement at a joint press conference after a Germany-Franco summit at the southern German town of Straubing.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says his country intends to work hand in hand with Germany to fulfil their agreement.

"Now the French presidency of the European Union is getting closer and one of our priorities is the energy climate package. We will tackle this package with a German-French agreement. It was a pleasure and an honour to help Germany at the time when they had the EU presidency. And now, France will need Germany for its Presidency."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says both countries now support a European Commission goal of cutting average carbon dioxide emissions to 120 grams per kilometer by 2012 for new cars but with a substantial phasing-in period for existing models.

EU plans to limit cars' carbon dioxide emissions have put Germany and France at odds for months.

Germany has argued that the plans would put Germany's luxury carmakers at a disadvantage to their French and Italian competitors which tend to build smaller, less polluting cars.

Merkel has called Monday's deal an "important breakthrough" which showed that Germany and France can work together to resolve major differences.
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