One of the main themes of the two day meeting of EU leaders in Brussels is climate change. The EU is aiming to achieve so-called climate neutrality by 2050.
Late on Thursday night European Council President Charles Michel announced that EU leaders had reached an agreement on meeting the target of carbon neutrality by 2050, but that Poland has refused to sign on to the deal. According to European sources, Poland, which relies heavily on coal, has so far refused to commit itself to the deal, but has also decided against blocking the agreement.
Michel said that EU leaders had sent a very strong signal on the day after the launch of the European Green Pact, the European Commission's broad guidelines set out by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, adding that this should allow the EU to become the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century.
Michel added that the agreement, reached after ten hours of talks, is binding for all member states, with the exception of Poland, which will need more time to meet the goals outlined in the agreement. He concluded that Poland's case will be re-examined by European leaders in June of next year.
According to the agreement all 27 EU leaders unanimously supported the introduction of a tax on foreign products at the European border that do not comply with the same climate requirements as European companies.