Joint statement by Ms. Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources and Culture and Ms. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, on the Environment Council
Today's discussion at the Environment Council showed that there is a strong will that the European Union will continue its leadership in the fight against climate change and will speak with one voice in Cancún. In Cancún we want to see a balanced set of decisions. In particular we want to see concrete decisions on Forestry, Adaptation, Measurement, Reporting, Verification (MRV) and on Technological Development. We can assure the world that the EU will deliver on the fast start funding. The Parties must build on the Copenhagen Accord.
The EU has no problem with the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; we have built our EU legislation on Kyoto Protocol principles and therefore we can accept a second commitment period, but we would not do it without conditions. All major economies will have to commit themselves, and areas where the present Kyoto Protocol lacks environmental integrity need to be addressed.
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