European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans speaks during an interview with Reuters at the COP27 climate summit at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Emilie Madi
European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans speaks during an interview with Reuters at the COP27 climate summit at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Emilie Madi

The European Union (EU) threatened this Saturday to break with the United Nations climate summit (COP27) Y leave the meeting if the commitments are not maintained in the final document so as not to exceed the limit of 1.5 Cº of global warming, something that “seems to be receding.”

This was stated by the Executive Vice President of the European Commission (EC), Frans Timmermannsin an impromptu meeting with the media to which he appeared accompanied by various ministers and senior European officials, including the third vice president of the Spanish government, Teresa Riberawho supported the ad.

“We will be clear. EU partners are here to bring a good result. We’d rather have no decision than have a bad decisionTimmermans said visibly upset.

In a clear message of pressure, the community head of the Green Pact added: “The EU wants a positive result, but we don’t want a result at any price. We will not accept results that take us back, we need forward and not backward. And all the ministers and myself are ready to go.”

The COP27 banner is seen in the Green Zone at the UN climate summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Emilie Madi/File
The COP27 banner is seen in the Green Zone at the UN climate summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 17, 2022. REUTERS/Emilie Madi/File

Timmermans reasoned that he still believes that getting a positive result today “is still within our reach” but that the EU “is concerned” after in the “last twelve hours of negotiation” there have been indications that it is going for back “in the ambitions” for the decisive aspect of mitigation and reduction of polluting gas emissions.

“Without that we will not be able to focus on the fund for the most in need (loss and damage) and the money for this coming from a broad base of donors. The EU is there to help achieve very good results, but we are also very clear, we would rather have a good decision than a bad decision”, he insisted.

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Timmermans thus referred to the central theme of these negotiations, the demands of the developing countries that in this COP27 a commitment be established to create a independent fund to finance the compensation they are owed for the damage they suffer from climate change, which they hardly helped to cause.

Ice in the Ross Sea.  Antarctica is in danger, and with it the entire Earth, because the planet's habitats are interconnected.  Photo: John B. Weller/dpa/File
Ice in the Ross Sea. Antarctica is in danger, and with it the entire Earth, because the planet’s habitats are interconnected. Photo: John B. Weller/dpa/File

Yesterday, Friday, the EU announced that it would accept the creation of a fund, something to which it was previously reluctant, but conditioned its support for this to be directed at the “most vulnerable” countries and that its financing fall “on a broad base” of donors.

That reference would point, although Timmermans did not mention any country, to countries like China, Saudi Arabia or Qatarwith great human and economic development, and whose polluting emissions are already among the highest in the world but which are not donors to the United Nations climate funds, would have to commit to contributing.

“The offer was very clear. We said that we could accept the loss and damage fund, which should go to the most vulnerable countries. We want to help the people who need it most, and fast. And the fund should be based on an analysis of the world today, ”he said.

European Union flags in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File
European Union flags in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File

Timmermans defended the European position as an option to “build bridges” between the different positions, but regretted that these openings have not led to “negotiations”.

“Frankly, we’ve made more moves than the other side of the discussion, if you step forward you should expect your partners and the other side to start stepping up and we haven’t seen much so far. I hope that changes today and if that changes today, a good conclusion will still be within reach,” he asserted.

Timmermans pointed to the presidency of COP27, in the hands of Egyptso that he assumes this situation and works “for justice to be done” in negotiations.

(With information from EFE)

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