Environment Council: Extracts from the press conference by Phil HOGAN, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Connie HEDEGAARD and Janez POTOČNIK

Type: News   Reference: i-079312   Duration: 00:02:51  Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 18/06/2013   First transmission: 18/06/2013
Today, Phil HOGAN, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Connie HEDEGAARD, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action, and Janez POTOČNIK, Member of the EC in charge of Environment held a press conference following the Environment Council meeting. The Environment Council was due to adopt conclusions on the Commission communication "An EU strategy on adaptation to climate change". The Council took note of a progress report on a draft directive on indirect land-use change amending the fuel quality and renewable energy directives, the aim of which is to minimise the impact of indirect changes of land use on greenhouse gas emissions. In the follow-up to the  Conference on Sustainable Development, the Council held an exchange of views on the links between the report of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda and the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals. It has also endorsed draft conclusions on the overarching post-2015 agenda, which will be adopted by the General Affairs Council on 25 June. Over lunch, ministers held a discussion on the marine strategy framework directive.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:11
00:00:16 SOUNDBITE by Phil Hogan, Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: Today's discussion and adoption of Council's conclusion on the Commission communication on EU strategy on adaptation to climate change was incredibly timely. This strategy focuses on how the EU can become more climate resilient to 3 key objectives: Promoting action by member states, climate proofing action at EU level and better informed decision making. Conclusions focus on commitments already made and where further work needs to be done such as climate proofing EU action and in particular in key areas such like the Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. 00:00:34
00:00:50 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE by Connie Hedegaard, Member of the EC in charge of Climate Action (In English) saying that: I'm very pleased that we could have a discussion in April on this and now we have Council conclusions; it is actually quite an achievement, I'm very pleased to see that so now we have an adaptation strategy and as was mentioned also in the EU budget provided that it goes trough, we have achieved a sort of a mainstreaming of climate resource environment thinking into that budget and adaptation will definitely also benefit from that in a lot of programs like cohesion funds, structural funds, life and a lot of other areas so that is very important. 00:00:35
00:01:28 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:32 SOUNDBITE by Connie Hedegaard (In English) saying that: I still believe that what we presented from the Commission is a balanced approach where we have taken into consideration the economic issue as well as the environment issue, the present investment as well as where we need more of the investments to go in the future. So I think it is absolutely key that we get it right on bio fuels and therefore I made a plea also to the ministers to continue to progress on this during the Lithuanian presidency. 00:00:31
00:02:03 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
00:02:06 SOUNDBITE by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment (In English) saying that: I think that without any doubt the discussion today was the most important on the issue which is connected with continuation of the Rio+20 or basically to say to the post 2015 goals. In the recent days we received a high level panel report which is an important high quality input for the process for the post 2015 agenda and also for the process which is connected to the sustainable development goals. You know that we would like to see one set of goals after 2015. 00:00:36
00:02:42 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:09
00:02:51 End 00:00:00
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