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EU Leaders Want Climate Change Deal by End of 2008

Brussels, 14 March - EU leaders have come out of an extensive debate on how to achieve ambitious goals in energy and climate change with an agreement that the European Commission's legislative proposal in the area is an "excellent starting point" and basis for agreement by the end of the year.

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, Prime Minister Janez Jansa and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (from left to right) speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

Brussels, Belgium
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa speaking to the press on the second day of the EU summit.
Photo: Thierry Monasse/STA

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