Informal Meeting of Environment Ministers, Vilnius: extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission
Première transmission: 16/07/2013
Fin de production: 16/07/2013
On 16 July, Valentinas Mazuronis, Lithuanian Minister of Environment, and Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, held the press conference of the informal meeting of Environment Ministers in Vilnius, Lithuanian.
Informal meeting of ministers on environment discussed issues on funding of implementation of objectives and actions under EU biologic diversity strategy up to 2020, as well as issues of climate change and extraction of shale gas.
Regarding shale gas, Janez Potocnik underlined that the Council is still in the assessment phase but that the EU will not interfere in the individual decision of the Members States on what their mix should be. The aim is to get common safety and security measures at the EU level.
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||SOUNDBITE (in Lithuanian) Valentinas Mazuronis, Lithuanian Minister of Environment, saying that: the discussion took place on the basis of the document prepared by Lithuania, we wanted member States to state their positions on the preservation of biodiversity, the current state of play and the prospect of the method of financing, mobilising the private capital and cooperation in this area. I think the discussion was really constructive.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment: Finally we discussed our international obligation which we have taken inside the convention for biological diversity, CBD. The last meeting was in Hyderabad. The topic of that meeting was on the financing and where EU committed basically that we will double our contribution form all sources until 2016, comparing to the base 2006-2010. This is a serious commitment that we have done, but this is already old news. But this commitment needs to be followed. We are developing inside the EU budget a tracking so that we, according to the Rio markers, try to identify is the spending connected to biodiversity, is it directly connected or indirectly connected and according to that, then we identify how much of the budget could be contributing to biodiversity preservation.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janez Potocnik (on shale gas extraction ): We are still in this impact assessment, the decision was not entirely taken but the decision was taken that we have to come with a proposal which will properly address the management of the risk on EU level and create a level playing field for all the economic actors and for the public to get a guarantee how it will be done. This is not interfering with the individual decision of the Members States what will be their mix should be. We just want, like in the case of for example, nuclear energy, we don't prescribe if you use it or don’t use it but we have clear rules on the EU level how the safety, the security should be done. The same logic should be used this in that context.
||General view of press conference