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Hackles raised over ‘unbalanced’ forest policy ahead of EU ministerial meeting

EU countries, industry and lawmakers are pushing back against the European Commission’s new forest strategy, criticising a lack of balance between the different roles performed by forests – economic, social and environmental.
Climate change 19-03-2021

EU countries dig in heels over 55% climate target for 2030

Environment ministers from the 27 EU member states confirmed they would continue to push for a 55% net greenhouse gas reduction target by 2030 during a meeting of the environment council on Thursday (18 March), despite calls from Parliament to increase the EU's ambition.
Climate change 04-10-2018

EU business lobby to champion climate status quo – leak

One of Europe's most influential business lobbies is trying to push the EU towards climate action standstill, after a leaked memo obtained by EURACTIV called the bloc’s existing 40% emissions reduction target "already ambitious".
Climate change 03-10-2018

EU environment ministers to target 1.5C temperature rise, hints leaked paper

EU environment ministers will refer to limiting global warming to 1.5C, when they meet on 9 October, a day after the release of the much-awaited, landmark IPCC report, according to draft conclusions seen by EURACTIV.com.
Climate change 10-03-2016

Climate change off the table at next week’s summit

European Union leaders are unlikely to discuss how the bloc will build on the Paris agreement to cap global warming at their summit next week, it has emerged.

Ministers ‘unanimous’ against ditching of Circular Economy

EU environmental ministers were unanimous in their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the pending Circular Economy package, as part of the executive's drive for “better regulation”.
Climate change 09-03-2012

Danes see ‘tough negotiations’ at Environment Council

Danish Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard has called for European unity ahead of what he expects to be a turbulent Environment Council today (9 March).
Agrifood 28-09-2010

EU governments slam Brussels’ GM crops plan

The European Commission's plans to hand over to member states the power to ban or authorise genetically modified (GM) crops were strongly criticised by key EU governments at an Agriculture Council yesterday (27 September). 
Climate change 21-02-2007

EU ministers support restrictions on pesticides

The Environment Council has backed Commission proposals for the sustainable use of pesticides on 20 February, but left hard legislation for Agriculture colleagues to decide at a June meeting after the German Presidency pushed a disputed change in agenda.

Greenhouse gas emissions trading tops agenda of upcoming Environment Council

On 9-10 December, the Environment Council is to discuss a number of important issues, ranging from greenhouse gas emission allowance trading to a draft directive on environmental liability.