AS the world's environment ministers meet in Marrakesh, Morocco, to agree detailed rules on the operation of the Kyoto Protocol, the European Commission has formally proposed that the EU should ratify the convention and has also tabled legislation that will bring it to life in Europe.

Brussels has asked the Council of Ministers to approve an emissions trading directive, that would be launched in 2005, and in a first phase cover CO2 emissions from large industrial and energy activities accounting for about 46 per cent of the EU's ...

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