German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected on Sunday a proposal, floated by the European Commission last month, of setting new, stricter emissions cuts targets, saying EU countries should focus on meeting the targets they have already set themselves.
The Commission's climate change chief, Miguel Arias Canete, said last month he was considering increasing from 40 to 45 percent the size of cuts to harmful carbon dioxide emissions that EU countries should target by 2030 in response to evidence that climate change was gathering pace.
"I'm not particularly happy about these new proposals," Merkel told ARD public television. "I think we should first stick to the goals we have already set ourselves. I don't think permanently setting ourselves new goals makes any sense."