Smooth EU Council presidency seen among key priorities for 20132012-08-23
Preparation for the presidency of the Council of the European Union next year and ensuring of smooth presidency is among the key priorities of the Ministry of Environment for 2013. A list of measures for the implementation of these priorities approved by Minister Gediminas Kazlauskas includes an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Environment and eight meetings of representatives of EU Member States in . Ministry staff will organise activities to ensure that during the presidency of the Council of the European Union, properly represents the Council in international organisations in the area of environmental protection: will hold coordination meetings of representatives of EU Member States and present the EU’s position on the issues discussed. According to preliminary data, during the presidency, will represent the Council of the European Union at 17 international events.
Another important priority of the Ministry of Environment for 2013 is preparation for the use of EU support for the 2014–2020 programming period. Legal acts governing the use of EU structural support for environmental protection granted for for 2014–2020 will be drafted and submitted to the Government for approval.
The key operational challenges for 2013 also include improvement of energy efficiency and promotion of the use of renewable energy sources. The abovementioned list of measures for the implementation of said priorities includes the establishment of higher energy efficiency requirements for new buildings by revising the Construction Technical Regulation “Thermal Technique of Building Envelopes”. The funds granted under the Spatial Planning, Construction and Housing Policy Implementation Coordination Programme and the Special Climate Change Programme for the renovation of old blocks of flats are planned to be used to increase the energy efficiency of these buildings. It also includes measures facilitating the increased use of logging waste in heat and electricity production.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, telephone 266 3660
23 August 2012