Pre-October EU Environment Council

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written statement – made on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Duncan of Springbank Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The next EU Environment Council will take place on 4 October, in Luxembourg. I will attend, representing the UK. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform of the Scottish Government, Roseanna Cunningham, will also attend.

On climate items, the main focus will be a debate and adoption of Council conclusions on the EU’s preparations for the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on 2-13 December 2019. There will then be a policy debate on the proposed EU long-term strategy on climate, ‘Clean Planet for all: EU’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy’.

On environment items, there will be a debate and adoption of two Council conclusions: one on the EU’s 8th Environmental Action Programme and the other on the framework for a circular and sustainable economy.

Any other business (AOB) will include information from the Commission and the Presidency on three items:

  • Current legislative proposal (information from the Presidency): Common techical requirements for the type approval of motor vehicles and their replacement parts with regard to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles; and
  • Communication on stepping up EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests (information from the Commission); and
  • Reports on main recent international meetings (information from the Presidency and the Commission): 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the Convention on International Trade in Endagered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Geneva, 17-28 August 2019.

There are currently three Member State-led AOBs:

  • Transition to a fleet of zero emission passenger cars (information from the Danish delegation);
  • Regulation on taxonomy sustainable finance (information from the German, Luxembourg, and Austrian delegations); and
  • 7th High-Level Dialogue Meeting of the China-Europe Water Platform, Guimarães, 7-8 November 2019 (information from the Portuguese delegation).
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1848