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“The mayors of WarsawBudapestPrague and Bratislava have urged the European Union to set a more ambitious emissions reduction target for 2030, calling the escalating climate crisis a greater challenge than the coronavirus pandemic. In an open letter to the president of the European Council, published on Wednesday, the mayors of the four capital cities said the EU should target a 55% emissions cut by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, up from its current goal for a 40% reduction, and asked for EU measures to support cities’ climate action.

“The joint crises of the coronavirus and global warming creates an unprecedented test of concerted action for the EU,” said the letter, which comes ahead of an EU summit on Friday, where national leaders will try to agree on the bloc’s coronavirus recovery package and its next seven-year budget. “We have great hopes and expectations for the recovery plans under development,” the mayors added. “However, these recovery measures must not lose sight of the escalating climate crisis, a challenge even greater than the coronavirus.””

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