Environment Council: arrivals

Type: Report   Reference: I-060720   Duration: 10:04:00  Lieu:
End production: 02/03/2009   First transmission: 02/03/2009
The EU Environment Council met in Brussels on 2 March 2009. Martin Bursík, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and President in office of the Council, chaired the meeting. The most important points on the agenda were the state of affairs regarding the negotiations of the new climate agreement and a political debate on control of industrial emissions (IPPC). The Ministers primarily discussed the Commission Communication on the Copenhagen Summit, submitted by the Commission on 28 January 2009. In this document, the Commission presents its proposal for the EU position towards the distribution of commitments to bring down greenhouse gas emissions between industrialised and less-developed countries and regions as well as how to finance adaptation measures, especially in poor less-developed countries. The Council conclusions will serve as basis for the Spring European Council on 19 and 20 March 2009 in Brussels. Ministers also held a political debate on the draft revision of the Directive on Industrial Emissions (IPPC), which includes improving the efficiency of using BREFs (BAT reference documents) as well as broadening the scope of the Directive to new industrial sectors. The ban on cultivation of genetically modified maize in Hungary and in Austria was an issue of the Environment Council meeting as well. Ministers also discussed the EU position at the upcoming meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The Czech Republic, in its capacity as country holding the EU Presidency, informed the EU Environment Council about the 25th session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 10th Global Ministerial Environment Forum held in Nairobi on 16-20 February 2009, as well as about the consequences of the economic crisis hitting the market for recyclable materials.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Martin Bursík, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and President in office of the Council 00:00:08
10:00:13 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Martin Bursík: we are offering two kinds of financial mechanisms based on which the developed countries will share the responsibility of financing the mitigation and adaptation measures in the developing countries; we are even having an overall amount of money, not for as far as the EU is concerned, but all developed countries, that needs to be delivered to developing countries; but at the same time you should take into account that we are in the middle of negotiations and we are still waiting for the United States to provide the mid-term target, and to adapt the cap-and-trade system, the law and to speak about their amount of money. 00:00:53
10:01:06 Martin Bursík entering the Council building 00:00:05
10:01:11 Arrival of Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Environment 00:00:07
10:01:18 SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Sigmar Gabriel: let's see how it looks like; we will first follow the debates; I cannot understand those "new" arguments the Commission may bring to the light; to me they are not acceptable on the procedure plan; you may remind that in the past, in a similar case, Germany - and not only me but at that time Horst Seehofer - voted against the proposition of the Commission because like now we do think that the procedures of entry and implantation are not transparent and I also do not understand why we should follow the interest of one and only American group and why these should overcome those of the Members States and those of European citizens; because if we accept that, we just take care of the interest of one enterprise but the whole procedure has not changed in the way I (and Mr Seehofer used to) requested; and that is why, if nothing new comes from the debates, I plan not to agree to the Commission's proposition. 00:01:06
10:02:24 Sigmar Gabriel entering the Council building 00:00:05
10:02:29 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:02:34 Arrival of Francisco Nunez Correia, Portuguese Minister for Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development 00:00:16
10:02:50 Arrival 00:00:11
10:03:01 Arrival 00:00:08
10:03:09 Arrival of Kinga Göncz, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:08
10:03:17 Arrival 00:00:07
10:03:24 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:03:33 Arrival of Jean-Louis Borloo, French Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning (Regional Development) 00:00:10
10:03:43 Arrival of Nicolae Nemirschi, Romanian Minister for Environment 00:00:17
10:04:00 Arrival of Michalis Polyniki Charalambides, Cypriot Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment 00:00:08
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