Are Europe’s governments just blowing hot air when it comes to climate change? On Tuesday it was the turn of Belgium and the Netherlands to be told by Brussels that their proposed greenhouse gas emissions were too high.
Slovakia, meanwhile, is mulling over whether to take legal action after a similar order.
Last week the European Commission called for ambitious targets to reduce emissions by at least 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 but national governments seem reluctant to agree, undermining efforts to persuade George W Bush and others to join in a global scheme.
So far, the Commission has found 11 of the 12 plans for 2008-12 capped emissions at too high a level.