Australia is opposed to the European Union’s proposal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 2000, Australian Environment Minister Robert Hill said July 31, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

The EU’s proposal would be devastating for the Third Conference of Parties to the U.N. Convention on Climate Change, or Cop3, to be held in Kyoto in December, Hill was quoted as saying. Hill made the remarks during a meeting with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and other ministers from Australia. The Australian ministers are currently in Japan for the 14th Japan-Australia ministerial committee.

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