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EU Environment Council

Volume 587: debated on Monday 27 October 2014

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and I will attend EU Environment Council in Luxembourg on 28 October.

Following the adoption of the agenda there will be an approval of the list of “A” items. There will be one legislative item which is an orientation debate on the Waste Package. There will be two non-legislative items: firstly, the adoption of the Council Conclusions on the preparations for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th session of the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10); and secondly, the adoption of Council Conclusions on Greening the European Semester and the Europe 2020 Strategy.

There will be a Ministerial lunchtime discussion on the EU 2030 Climate and Energy framework. It is anticipated that the Italian Presidency will circulate questions following discussions on the EU 2030 Framework at European Council on 23-24 October.

There is a series of AoB items covering:

a) Recent international meetings:

i) Twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea)

ii) Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 7) (Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea)

iii) First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (COP-MOP 1) (Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea)

iv) Fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP5) to the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental matters (Maastricht)

v) Second Meeting of the Parties (MOPP2) to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Maastricht)

vi) Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Mikulov, Czech Republic) and the Czech Presidency to the Convention 2014.

b) European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW).