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Environment Council

Volume 596: debated on Thursday 11 June 2015

The Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (Rory Stewart) and I will attend the EU Environment Council in Luxembourg on 15 June.

Following the adoption of the agenda the list of “A” items will be approved.

During the legislative deliberations, there will be a policy debate on the proposal for a directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants.

The one non-legislative item on the agenda is the road to the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), conference of the parties in Paris, for which there will be an exchange of views. Over the lunch Ministers will be invited to discuss further aspects of the international climate change negotiations, namely the Lima-Paris action agenda and possible long-term goals for 2050 and 2100.

The following any other business items will be discussed.

Proposal concerning the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve for the Union greenhouse gas emission trading scheme.

An update from recent international meetings.

The European fund for strategic investments—an opportunity for environmental projects.

The Lisbon charter—a guide for public policy and regulation of drinking water supply, sanitation and waste water management services.

The work programme of the incoming Luxembourg presidency.