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Italy asks to renegotiate EU carbon quota - source

BRUSSELS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has written to the European Commission asking to renegotiate the caps on his country’s carbon dioxide emissions, an Italian government official said on Thursday.

The official made the comments one day after Poland and Estonia made headway in a court challenge to their own emissions caps.

“The cap assigned to Italy was excessively low and we have difficulty meeting it as our industry is already very efficient, especially our power generation system,” the official said.

“The letter was meant to raise a problem that has also become evident in the European Court of Justice decision on Poland and Estonia’s caps,” the official added.

“We are making no proposal, just looking to discuss this problem with the Commission.”

Reporting by Pete Harrison, editing by Timothy Heritage