Environment ministers defined EU negotiating positions ahead of UN Climate Change Conference and agreed on promoting circular economy
The Environment Council of the EU adopted negotiating directives for the COP25 Climate Change Conference, to take place in Santiago de Chile. The ministers also determined a policy on how the circular economy could be promoted more vigorously within the EU. The Council meeting was held in Luxembourg on Friday 4 October 2019.
The meeting was chaired by Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.
The Council also discussed the EU’s long-term climate strategy. The objective of Finland’s Presidency is to get the member states to agree, before the end of the year, that the EU will try to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
The other main item on the Council agenda was how best to promote the circular economy in Europe. The Council adopted conclusions on extending the circular economy from production all the way to consumption and to cover new sectors, such as textiles, mobility, construction and food.
The ministers also discussed the EU’s 8th Environment Action Programme (EAP) that would guide the action of the Union in this field from the beginning of 2021, and the Council adopted conclusions on this matter.
Climate doesn’t wait - there is an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we dedicated the major part of the Environment Council to climate change. In June, EU heads of state and government asked us to advance work to ensure a transition to a climate neutral EU. Today's discussions have helped prepare the ground for all member states to support a cost-effective, just and socially balanced transition. As Presidency, we very much support the aim of finalising the EU strategy for climate neutrality by 2050 by the end of this year. The EU is determined to continue to show leadership.
Krista Mikkonen, Minister of Environment and Climate of Finland