Practical questions regarding Lithuania's preparation to assume the EU Council's presidency are discussed2013-05-15
Practical questions regarding Lithuania's preparation to assume the EU Council's presidency are discussed
Today, the Ministry of the Environment is hosting one of the final consultatory events in the preparation for Lithuania's presidency of the EU Council. Participants will include Maria Marotta and Wolfgang Ploch, the leaders of the EU Council's General Secretariat's subdivisions responsible for the coordination of environmental and climate change issues. The experts from Brussels, who will be heading work group meetings within a month and a half, met with the Ministry's specialists to discuss a few practical aspects of Lithuania's preparations for the presidency.
According to the experts, the careful planning of work group activities, professional document preparation, good work ethic, and prompt cooperation with the General Secretariat's legal, protocol, language, press and other services will have a great influence on the success of a nation's EU Council presidency.
During the second half of this year, work groups responsible for coordinating documents before their consideration by councils of permanent representatives and at Council meetings will have to consider almost forty environmental protection and climate change-related questions. The environmental attaché, who work for the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union in Brussels, and environmental experts from Vilnius will have to hold more than one hundred meetings during Lithuania's presidency of the EU Council.
The second half of this year will see work groups, permanent representative councils and Environmental councils discuss legislation regulating the evaluation of environmental impact, the preservation of biological diversity, the safe use of chemicals, the maintenance of air quality, and appropriate waste management. Traditionally, solutions to climate change problems enjoy a great deal of attention.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, tel. 8~706 63660
15 May 2013