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Climate change mitigation and marine pollution, the main focus at the meeting of EU Environment Ministers

2017-04-25

Today, Minister Kęstutis Navickas together with other EU Environment Ministers attends an unofficial meeting held in Valetta, the capital of Malta, to address the most urgent issues of climate change and marine pollution. During the two days of the meeting, the participants will also discuss how each country will implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

According to Kęstutis Navickas, it is necessary not only to take measures to curb the consequences of climate change but also to strengthen the ability to adapt to adverse effects of this change and promote resistance to climate impacts. Therefore, the Minister welcomes the informal discussions launched in Lithuania on the expansion of the activities of the Seimas Energy Commission and the assignment to this Commission of the functions of formulating climate change policy and supervising its implementation.

The position of our country is that the coordination of actions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement is necessary at all the – EU, regional and national – levels. Lithuania approved the proposal to revise the climate change adaptation strategies of the entire EU and individual Member States. These strategies should encourage local government institutions and the non-public sector to engage in this process more actively and pool their efforts and funds.

In Valetta, the Ministers intend to pay particular attention to the issues of ocean and marine pollution. As plastic pollution is becoming a major problem, the measures aimed at reducing this pollution by 30 % by 2020 will be discussed.

Lithuania is greatly concerned with the condition of the Baltic Sea which continues to deteriorate as a result of intensive pollution and related eutrophication. The national Water Sector Development Programme 2017–2023 provides for the ways to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea and internal water bodies.
According to Minister Kęstutis Navickas, the public plays a vital role when protecting the sea against pollution. Therefore, it is important to educate the public at large on the widest scale and to the greatest extent possible, raise their awareness and increase their responsibility for the protection of the Baltic Sea and its future.

In Valetta, Kęstutis Navickas met with the representatives from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland and other countries and informally discussed the problems and actions relating to the Astravec Nuclear Power Plant being built in order to obtain support of EU Member States for the implementation of the recommendations of the Implementation Committee for the UN Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.

Communication Division
25 April 2017

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