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Eight European countries have called for an ambitious strategy to tackle climate change – and to spend a quarter of the entire EU budget on fighting it.
"The EU budget currently under negotiation will be an important tool in this respect: at least 25% of the spending should go to projects aimed at fighting against climate change," the paper said.
The paper also added that "as a general principle" the EU budget should not fund anything which would add to climate emissions.
The goal of a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050 is not new - it was proposed by the European Commission, which is the starting point for European Union legislation, in November 2018.
Poland, which still relies on coal for power, is among the central European nations opposed to such plans.
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