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Extraordinary meeting of the EU Environment Council held in Brussels

2015-09-18

On 17–18 September, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas is participating in the extraordinary meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union held in Brussels. It is dedicated to preparation for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 11th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.


Today, on 18 September, the Environment Council will adopt conclusions of the Council establishing the EU’s common position on the decisions to be made in the Paris Conference.


“In principle, Lithuania has a favourable opinion on the draft conclusions of the Council. The Paris conference on climate change will be the final stage of the conclusion of a new legally binding climate change agreement. The main element of this agreement is the legally binding commitments for all parties to mitigate climate change after 2020, which will ensure sufficient climate change mitigation efforts“, said Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of Environment.


The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Paris on 30 November–11 December 2015. The plans are to approve a new legally binding climate change agreement, which will enter into force in 2020, in the Conference.


In the Paris Conference, the EU will aim at reaching an ambitious and durable legally-binding agreement addressing in a balanced and cost-effective manner climate change mitigation, adaptation to climate change, finance, technology development and transfer, capacity building and transparency of action and support. The Protocol would establish ambitious and nationally determined commitments to mitigate climate change. It is important to agree on the package of decisions to enable the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to outline interim arrangements before its entry into force. It is also necessary to agree on a decision on enhancing global pre–2020 mitigation ambition, supported by the Lima Paris Action Agenda.


“In our opinion, it is particularly important to ensure that the Paris Agreement would include the aspects of adaptation to climate change and financing of climate action. The provisions of financing climate action should be able to adapt to changing political and economic realities, and the role in assuming funding commitments should be provided for each country, taking into accounts is capacities and responsibilities”, Kęstutis Trečiokas emphasised.


Public Information Division
18 September 2015


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