Environment Council: extracts from the joint press conference by Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning and President in office of the Council, and Stavros Dimas
The 2874th Environment Council Meeting took place on 5 June 2008 in Luxembourg. The meeting was chaired by Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning and President in office of the Council. The debate focused in particular on three agenda items: progress on the climate-energy legislative package, the proposal for a Regulation on CO2 emissions from motor vehicles, and the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The Ministers discussed the European Commission's proposed greenhouse gas emission reduction plans and gave mixed reception to Hungarian CO2 suggestions for changes. Seven "new" EU Member States, led by Hungary, wanted changes to take account of their historic reductions before they joined the EU. Ministers also debated the plans to reduce car emissions, including the Slovene EU Presidency suggestion that new passenger cars entering the market in 2020 should have a mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) emission cap of 95 grams/km. But no agreement was reached on this controversial issue.
Finally, Ministers discussed the water leak incident at the Slovenian nuclear plant of Krško and more broadly nuclear safety issues, as Austria and other Member States questioned the safety of European nuclear reactors.
Janez Podobnik held a joint press conference with Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, after the Council meeting. SHOTLISTLINKLINK