Leaving the Paris climate deal will take the US years: Juncker
The Eiffel tower is illuminated in green with the words "Paris Agreement is Done", to celebrate the Paris U.N. COP21 Climate Change agreement in Paris, France, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen/File Photo

Europe must make clear to the United States that quitting the Paris climate agreement is not a straightforward process, and that fully leaving the deal will take years, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

"Europe's duty is to say: it's not like that," Juncker told a student conference on the future of Europe organized by the German employers' association BDA. "The Americans can't just leave the climate protection agreement. Mr. Trump believes that because he doesn't know the details."

In reality, it would take several years for the U.S. to extricate itself from the obligations that flow from having signed the agreement, the head of the European Union's executive arm added.

(Reporting By Michael Nienaber; Editing by Victoria Bryan)