Environment Council, 3002nd meeting: extracts from the joint press conference by Elena Espinosa Mangana, Spanish Minister for Environment, Rural and Maritime Affairs and President in office of the Council, and Connie Hedegaard
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/03/2010 First transmission: 15/03/2010
After the morning session of the 3002nd meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels, where conclussions were adopted on biodiversity, the EU Ministers for Environment focused conclusions on climate change. They evaluated the outcomes of the Copenhagen climate conference, and stressed the opportunities for immediate implementation offered by the Copenhagen Accord. They requested the Commission to present a study of the comparability of greenhouse gas emsision reductions offered by third countries, as well as an impact assessment of the EU's conditional move to a 30% emissions cut.
They also debated for the first time, the proposed regulation setting CO2 emissions standards for light vans, so as to guide further work on this file.
The afternoon session was chaired by Elena Espinosa Mangana, Spanish Minister for Environment, Rural and Maritime Affairs, along with Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, which gave both a joint press conference after the session.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view and arrival to the press room of Elena Espinosa Mangana, Spanish Minister for Environment, Rural and Maritime Affairs, and Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action.
||SOUNDBITE (in SPANISH) by Elena Espinosa Mangana, saying that it has been a very constructive debate looking ahead which demonstrate, that the EU wants to lead the fight against climate change, wants to collaborate with Mexico, as much as they can for Cancún to be a success.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Connie Hedegaard, on the ban proposal: The more the EU delays regulation like that, the more we will have to do in other fields, in order to achieve our targets. So that is the trade of what you must always balance things. And of course, we should listen to those who said "oh! there are some difficulties, there are some obstacles". But we should also try our outmost, we should be realistic, but we should not be too hesitant, because we really need -when we are looking to what is going to happen 10 years from now- to have substantial progress in an area, where so far it has gone in the wrong direction. It is actually one of the areas, where emissions have continued to increase over recent years. And that is a trend that we definitively must stop.
||SOUNDBITE (in SPANISH) by Elena Espinosa, saying that the long term objectives for 2020 are clear, there is no doubt. Where she said that the debate is not mature enough is in some concepts with a concrete character as mechanisms of flexibility, the year of coming into force, or if it is a progressive proposal, the years of coming into force for the different matters.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Connie Hedegaard: The EU is ready to deliver whatever it takes from Mexico. And what we are trying to secure is, that those who just said "ah, maybe nothing will come from that, maybe also nothing comes out of anything", we want to keep the sort of pressure on Mexico to deliver specific action: action on fast-track financing -for instance- that's crucial for developing countries; action in the sense to get the Copenhaguen according to this, adaptation, forestry. I mentioned many of the issues that can be delivered in Mexico. It should be delivered in Mexico, because if not, the momentum is taking out of this process.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Connie Hedegaard: There is this recognition that we should also take care,not just to see as going from 20 to 30% as an expenditure, as a cost. It might also be a necessary investment for Europe to create growth for the future. So the whole thinking which is just behind the communication and which is also behind the Commission's 2020 Strategy. That is to say that is not just on climate change. If we do it intelligently, it could also benefit energy security, it could also benefit job and innovation.
||Cutaways and departure (4 shots)