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Czech minister says we cannot accept EU's proposed 2030 climate goal

A general view shows as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses her first State of the European Union speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Brussels, Belgium September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The European Commission’s proposal for a cut of at least 55% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels is unacceptable, Czech Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek said on Wednesday.

“We cannot put our signature under this ... unless we want to lose our energy self-sufficiency and industrial infrastructure,” he said on Twitter.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Catherine Evans