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German economy minister says EU members want update of 2030 climate goals

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Germany's Altmaier hosts informal EU energy ministers meeting in Berlin
Germany's Altmaier hosts informal EU energy ministers meeting in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Tuesday said discussions of energy ministers from the 27 European Union member states had shown that a majority want to update an emissions-cutting target by 2030 on the way to climate neutrality by 2050.

He did not say whether there is a majority to cut emissions by at least 55% this decade over those in 1990 - the target proposed by the European Commission last month, up from 40% currently.

Altmaier said he supports a 55% emissions cut.

(Reporting by Vera Eckert and Kate Abnett; editing by Thomas Seythal)