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IN THE CORRIDORS II

Members of the European Community met Tuesday morning and emerged with text of a statement regarding the Climate Change Convention. This statement will be made by Anibal Cavaco Silva, the Portuguese Prime Minister, when the EC signs the Convention, reportedly on 12 June. In this statement, the Community and its Member States will make four major points: (1) the early ratification of the Convention; (2) a reaffirmation of the objective of stabilization of CO2 emissions by 2000 at 1990 levels in the Community as a whole, and confirmation that they "are working on a Community Strategy to limit carbon dioxide emissions and to improve energy efficiency" (carbon tax); (3) early preparation of protocols; and (4) the call for "other industrialised countries to take steps and commitments similar to those adopted or foreseen by the Community and its Member States."