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EU environment ministers discussed greenhouse gas monitoring and plans for green Europe

2012-06-11

At today’s meeting of the EU Council of Environment Ministers in Luxembourg Minister Gediminas Kazlauskas will take part in political debates on the rules of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and absorption when using land, modifying its use and engaging in forestry activities.

The Minister says Lithuania supports the proposal of the European Commission to define reliable and harmonised rules in the first place and only then to include the sector to which they will apply into the EU commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Gediminas Kazlauskas underlined that in order to prevent an additional administrative burden countries should align their monitoring rules with the Convention on Climate Change and with the Kyoto Protocol.

Today EU environment ministers also plan to urge drafting and adopting the EU 7th Environmental Action Programme mainly aimed at creating a green Europe until 2050. The new programme will renew the 6th Environmental Action Programme to end this year. Lithuania supported the proposal of Denmark, now holding presidency of the European Council, that the future programme should define realistic and feasible goals for all EU Member States until 2020 along with specific actions and implementation targets. This could facilitate efficient use of resources, developing an economy of low-carbon dioxide technologies and promoting investment in the green fields of economy. Minister Gediminas Kazlauskas believes this should enable a fluent transition of EU Member States to the green economy until 2050.

In addition, the EU Council of Environment Ministers provided conclusions on biodiversity and biosafety and worked out an EU position to be presented in October at the meeting in India devoted to the UN Convention on Biodiversity and to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The conclusions underline the importance of implementing the Strategic Plan of this convention both on EU and international scale. Particular attention was paid to mobilising financial, human and technical resources.

Information of the Ministry of the Environment, Tel. 266 3660

11/06/2012


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas