European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel, Mr Arias Cañete, just welcomed the Environment Council conclusions setting out the EU position for the Paris climate conference (COP21) which will take place from November 30th to December 11th. The conference is due to conclude a new global climate change agreement for the post-2020 period. “We are now equipped with a solid position for Paris. The EU stands united and ready to negotiate an ambitious, robust and binding global climate deal. We will settle for nothing less. President Juncker made it clear in his State of the Union speech last week that the EU is not prepared to sign just any deal. It is now imperative to step up the pace of the technical negotiations. There are just five negotiating days left before we meet in Paris and the real deal needs to start taking shape,” said the Commissioner. EU position The extraordinary meeting of the Environment Council set out the EU’s position for the new global climate agreement. The EU is pressing for a global, fair, ambitious and legally binding international treaty that will prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels. The increase in the global average temperature needs to…
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