European Business Summit: Climate protesters block access

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The European Business Summit in Brussels got off to a slow start this year as several hundred protesters blocked access to the conference venue in a climate protest.

The demonstrators only left one door open so that climate-friendly companies could still get in.

It did not take long however for Brussels police to come an in remove the protesters. Several dozen were arrested.

The activists used the start of EBS to protest against the corporate influences on climate policy and the highlight the growing split between businesses when it comes to climate change.

Companies such as Google, Unilever and Philips are in favor of a cut of 30 percent in carbon dioxide emissions, while others such as Microsoft, BP and Volkswagen lobby hard for a less ambitious target of 20 percent reduction.

In the end, the protest only managed to delay the start of the European Business Summit. The official theme of this year’s summit is ‘Europe’s position in the world; leaders or laggards’ but unofficially, the theme seems to have become;’ Europe’s business: green or dirty?

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