Informal meeting of the Ministers for Environment: extracts from the joint press conference by Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for Environment, and Stavros Dimas
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 12/04/2008 First transmission: 12/04/2008
Following the Informal meeting of the Ministers for Environment, Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for Environment, and Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge Environment, gave a joint press conference.
EU Ministers said they managed to reach a synthesis of two important themes: confronting climate change and sustaining biodiversity.
Janez Podobnik said that sustainability means to do things in such a way as to maintain biodiversity and, at the same time, battle hunger and poverty.
Stavros Dimas said that European Union needs to adapt to climate change and help poorer nations adapt so they can avoid its negative consequences. He said fighting deforestation was the best and cheapest way to reduce emissions.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Stavros Dimas and Janez Podobnik
||Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning, and President in office of the Council, saying (in SLOVENIAN), that Slovenia set two priorities in the area of the environment; they are confronting climate change and biodiversity, and their informal meeting has successfully managed to synthesize both; that the question is: how to confront climate change while not harming bio quality" ?; that they stressed several times that sustainability means that you do something in such a way as to sustain biodiversity, that is, in such a way that at the same time you fight against hunger and poverty (5 shots).
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, saying (in ENGLISH) that climate change is occurring has already occurred and will occur anyway; that they need to adapt to the new conditions both in the European Union but also to help third countries, especially the least developed among them which are going to face most of the negative impacts of climate change; to adapt to the new conditions so they will have less negative consequences; that they need to succeed in formulating these criteria in the best possible way in order to mitigate these negative impacts and maximize the benefits of the usual biofuels; that fighting deforestation is the easiest, cheapest and most efficient way to reduce emissions (5 shots).
||Janez Podobnik saying (in SLOVENIAN) on protest, that he repeats his position: "Slovenia is a democratic country in which everyone can express his views. In Slovenia, ecological consciousness is very developed" (2 shots).
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that the environment by itself will not be promoted and protected if it doesn't go along with the good functioning of democracy, with the protection of human rights and also application of the principles of social justice; that all these go together, and dialogue is fundamental; that climate change is very important, loss of biodiversity is very important; that everyone should be a citizen of Europe interested in promoting solutions; that they are playing a world leadership role but at the same time, they don't neglect all the other very important issues which are central in the improvement of quality (3 shots).
||Departure (2 shots).