Green Deal and Climate Strategy on the table at Environment Council
The European Green Deal is a key instrument, addressing all sectors of the economy, aimed to advance the work on the EU's transition to climate neutrality by 2050.
Environment ministers discussed member states' positions on the priorities and initiatives proposed in the European Green Deal, mainly the climate aspects in the context of the EU Climate Law proposal by the commission; the 2030 climate target; and financing of the transition.
EU's climate long-term strategy submission to the UN
Environment ministers discussed the long-term low greenhouse gas emission strategy of the European Union and its member states. They adopted the EU's submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in time for COP26 in November.
The EU and its member states are fully committed to the Paris Agreement and its long-term goals. By agreeing and delivering on ambitious social and economic transformation, they aim to inspire global climate action and demonstrate that moving towards climate neutrality is not only imperative but also feasible and desirable.
Fridays for Future: Greta addresses Environment Ministers
The Croatian presidency invited climate activist Greta Thunberg to address the Council on behalf of the Fridays for Future movement. Greta underlined the urgency of swift action, as the remaining global carbon budget to keep temperature rise within 1.5 ºC would be exhausted within the next eight years.
Many ministers praised Greta for her work and thanked the presidency for inviting her to the Council.
“We share the same goal: we want to act on climate change," said Tomislav Ćorić, Croatia’s Minister of Environment and Energy, presiding the Council. "I have a message for young people who are demanding action against the climate emergency. We are listening to you.”
- Main results of Environment Council, 5 March 2020
- Climate change: Council adopts EU long-term strategy for submission to the UNFCCC
- EU calls on third countries for more climate action
- HRVP Blog: The EU Green Deal – A global perspective
- #EUGreenDeal – for our future, for the future of our planet
- The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
- Climate change: what the EU is doing