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16 December 2016
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Notice: Last Council under the Slovak Presidency dealing with the revision of the emission trading system

The Environment Council meeting will take place on Monday 19 December 2016 in Brussels, starting at 09.30. It will be chaired by Mr László Sólymos, Slovak Minister for the Environment.

As a main point for the Environment Council, ministers will look at the progress achieved on the revision of the emission trading system (ETS) during the presidency. The ETS is one of the main EU's tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its review is part of EU's climate action to cut emissions at least 40% by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels), EU's commitment under Paris Agreement.

The presidency will also inform the Council about the state of play and main issues surrounding the two legislative proposals to cut emissions in sectors not covered by the ETS: the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). For both proposals, the presidency accomplished the first in-depth examination.

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the protection of human health and the environment through the sound management of chemicals. The conclusions cover, among other issues, the Refit evaluation of REACH, the fitness check of the rest of the legislation on chemicals and the issue of endocrine disruptors.

Under any other business, the Council will be also informed about the state of play of the legislative proposals on waste (circular economy) and about several recent international meetings, including Marrakesh climate change conference and Conference on Biodiversity recently concluded in Cancun. Ministers will also be informed, among other issues, about the timely adopted Comission Staff Working document regarding the fitness check of the EU nature legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives), the Refit of the EU Ecolabel and the Commission´s Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future.

Finally, the incoming Maltese presidency will present its work programme for the first semester of 2017.

For further details, see the background note.

Press conference will be held in the press room in Justus Lipsius at  around 13h00.

 

 

 

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