The European Parliament has confirmed it is to delay a series of crucial votes on the EU's proposed climate change package.
But MEPs remain confident the wide-ranging legislation can be finalised before the end of the year, despite disagreements with member states over the proposals.
A European Parliament vote had been scheduled for 4 December. This was to decide the finalised package of legislation and targets designed to deliver the EU's commitment to cut emissions 20 per cent by 2020.
But a spokesman for the parliament confirmed today that the vote had now been put back to the week commencing 15 December with Thursday 18 December the most likely date.
He said that more time was needed to complete negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council of member states.
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