Being virtuous isn’t always a paying tactic when it comes to EU-level negotiations. For more than forty years, Denmark has taken a leadership role in tackling air pollution, taking early action to reduce emissions of ammonia from agriculture.
Now, the Scandinavian country believes it is being punished for being too successful.
Environment ministers from the 28 EU member states adopted on Monday (17 July) an amendment to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to reduce emissions of air pollutants globally.
But Copenhagen voted against the EU Council decision, saying it was “highly unfair” to Denmark.