Environment Council (press conference): extracts from the press conference by Martin Bursik, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and President in office of the Council and Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment
Première transmission: 02/03/2009
Brussels, Belgium - Council
Fin de production: 02/03/2009
The first Environment Council under the Czech presidency held a public debate on streamlining legislation governing industrial pollution, adopted conclusions on climate change and put forward contributions for the Spring European Council meeting of the 19 and 20 March. It also approved proposals to repeal safeguard measures by Austria and Hungary on the cultivation of genetically modified maize varieties. Minister also reached an EU position on whaling.
The Ministers primarily discussed the communication of the European Commission on the Copenhagen Summit, submitted on January 28. In this document the Commission presents its proposal for the EU position towards the distribution of commitments to bring down greenhouse gas emissions between industrialized and less-developed countries and regions as well as how to finance adaptation measures, especially in poor less-developed countries.
Ministers also held a political debate on the draft revision of the Directive on Industrial Emissions (IPPC), which includes improving the efficiency of using BREF (BAT reference documents) as well as broadening the scope of the Directive to new industrial sectors.
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||Arrival of Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, and Martin Bursik, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and President in office of the Council.
||Martin Bursik, Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and President in office of the Council, saying (in ENGLISH) that the conclusions encourage the developing countries so that they adapt a low carbon development plan which will then be financially supported by the developed countries; the conclusions recognize that financial support is needed; both the UNFCC secretariat and the European Commission have provided the indicative estimates in the range of 23 to 54 billion euros per year by the year 2030 for adaptation, and this was adopted by the Council, and in the range of about 175 billion euros per year by the year 2020 for mitigation.
||Martin Bursik, saying (in ENGLISH) that the Member States decided, with a qualified majority, to support Austria and Hungary to keep their national bans on cultivation of genetically modified maize in these 2 countries; that the Council decided to support these States not to cultivate these crops on their territories.
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, saying (in ENGLISH) that the EU is leading regarding climate change, not for leadership sake, but because we are advancing the international negotiations; we hope to reach an agreement in Copenhagen by the end of this year; 2009 is a crucial year for the international negotiations; the agreement in Copenhagen is imperative, we should have an agreement in Copenhagen.
||Stavros Dimas, saying (in ENGLISH) that leadership is not by itself sufficient to tackle climate change in an efficient way, we need others to come along; there are encouraging signs coming from the USA; Barack Obama, President of the United States, has repeated what he said during the campaign and after his election, he reconfirmed he wanted to introduce a cap and trade system.