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Czech Republic will sue EU over cuts in carbon emissions limit

The Czech government said Friday it will sue the European Commission over the cuts, it made to how much carbon dioxide the country can release from 2008 to 2012.

Spokesman for the Czech Industry and Trade Ministry, Tomas Bartovsky, said the Czech government agreed to take legal action against the European Union's executive arm at its session Friday. The European Commission reduced the Czech yearly limit by 14.8% below what the Czech Republic asked for — from 102 million metric tons to 86.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. The Czech government says the commission underestimated the country's economic growth and wrongly included emissions by households and transport in its calculations.

The government also said the reductions may damage the Czech economy. However, in 2005 and 2006, the Czech Republic produced 82.5 million metric tons and 83.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide respectively, well below the limit of 97.6 million metric tons. The Czech Republic is the second EU nation after Slovakia to threaten court action over the emission plan. (