Environment Council

  • Date: 2.3.2009 — 2.3.2009
  • Venue: Brussels
  • Category: Council of Ministers
  • Theme: Environment

The EU Environment Council will meet in Brussels on 2 March. Martin Bursík, the EU Environment Council President-in-office, will chair the meeting. The most important points on the agenda will be the state of affairs regarding the negotiations of the new climate agreement and a political debate on control of industrial emissions (IPPC).

“Europe agrees that climate change policy continues to be a priority issue also in the current economic crisis. The crisis is a challenge to shift our economies towards a more energy efficient low-carbon future. After the climate-energy package was adopted in December 2008, the Czech Presidency is focusing on achieving a global climate agreement, which is to be adopted in Copenhagen in December 2009,” says Martin Bursík, President of the EU Environment Council. The new climate agreement should replace the Kyoto Protocol after 2012.

Therefore, the Ministers will primarily discuss the Commission Communication on the Copenhagen Summit, submitted by the Commission on 28 January. In this document the Commission presents its proposal for the EU position towards the distribution of commitments to bring down greenhouse gas emissions between industrialised and less-developed countries and regions as well as how to finance adaptation measures, especially in poor less-developed countries. The Council conclusions will serve as basis for the Spring European Council on 19 and 20 March 2009 in Brussels.

Ministers will also hold a political debate on the draft revision of the Directive on Industrial Emissions (IPPC), which includes improving the efficiency of using BREFs (BAT reference documents) as well as broadening the scope of the Directive to new industrial sectors.

The ban on cultivation of genetically modified maize in Hungary and in Austria will be an issue of the Environment Council meeting as well. Ministers will also discuss the EU position at the upcoming meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

The Czech Republic, in its capacity as country holding the EU Presidency, will inform the EU Environment Council about the 25th session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 10th Global Ministerial Environment Forum held in Nairobi on 16 – 20 February, as well as about the consequences of the economic crisis hitting the market for recyclable materials.

  • Press conferences will be held on 2 March +/- at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m.
  • Both press conferences as well as the public part of the Ministerial discussions will be broadcast on line at http://video.consilium.europa.eu.

Contact:

  • Jakub Kašpar, Spokesperson, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic 
  • Tel.:  +420 267 122 040, GSM: +420 724 175 927; e-mail: jakub.kaspar@mzp.cz 

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