Environment Council:extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 21/06/2011 First transmission: 21/06/2011
On 21 June, Sándor Fazekas, Minister for rural development of Hungary held the final conference of the Environment Council in Luxembourg.
Ministers adopted conclusions on an EU biodiversity strategy until 2020. The Council also adopted conclusions and exchanged views on the protection of water resources in public deliberation.
Finally, the Council made progress report on proposals to allow Member States to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified organisms in their territory and on the revision of the directive controlling major accident hazards involving dangerous substances.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Sándor Fazekas, Minister for rural development of Hungary
||SOUNDBITE (in Hungarian) Sándor Fazekas saying that: The most important issue was the protection of biodiversity and the adoption of the Council's conclusion. Well, the Member States' opinions were pretty far from each other but by the end of the debate, well it was a dramatic debate, in the end, we had a full agreement based on the Commission's compromise text. Here we are talking about the great which was due to the cooperation of the member States.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Hungarian) Sándor Fazekas saying that: An other important decision was in connection with the water policy again here, we had a conclusion and consensus about member States in connection with the future of the European waters and the related Council's conclusions. The blue print from the Commission was also discussed which is expected for 2012 and this help the work of the Commission significantly.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Hungarian) Sándor Fazekas saying that: We have not managed to achieve here a qualify majority, we had a simple majority but nevertheless we made progress in connection with GMO's. We manage to bring closer to each other the stance points of the Member States over the past few months. So we have a good chance in finding a solution here and a good chance of finding compromise in connection with GMO's and the security related to this issue.