European Commission faces legal action over national carbon caps

Poland and the Czech Republic are to take the European Commission to court over its decision to cut the emissions limits set out in their national allocation plans (NAPs) for the second phase of the EU emission trading scheme

The two countries join Slovakia as the only member states committed to challenging the Commission's decision in the courts.

The Commission-imposed NAP will allow Czech industry to emit 86.8 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) annually between 2008-12, instead of the 101.9 MtCO2 originally proposed by the republic.

The Czech minister of industry and trade Martin Riman said the Commission had used "too complicated methodology and wrong data" to arrive at an allocation that would "harm the Czech Republic".

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