The EU has an extensive cooperation with China, both at political and technical level. The basic structure and key documents for overall cooperation can be found on the External Action Service webpage - EEAS .
On 24 May in Brussels Commissioner Vella met Chinese Environment Minister Chen Jining for the 6th EU-China Ministerial Dialogue on Environment Policy, where they discussed environmental challenges and pledged to enhance co-operation in a number of key joint priority areas. Both sides are fully committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development both domestically and internationally. The discussion touched on common priorities such as pollution control (industrial emissions, air, water and soil), circular economy and green finance. They shared views and expectations for the forthcoming international meetings including the United Nations Environment Assembly and the Conference on Biological Diversity, exchanging information about the various ongoing cooperation projects. Read more...
On the same day there was also a roundtable Discussion on Environmental Governance and Green Transformation. It included officials from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and the China Council Secretariat, and EU officials, including Mr. Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. At the roundtable EU officials and EU Member State experts presented their experiences on environmental governance systems in EU countries, pollution prevention and control in the Rhine River Basin and industrial transformation of the Ruhr Industrial District, including green infrastructure approaches.
Commissioner Vella visited China in October 2015 for a series of high level meetings with Ministries holding responsibility for environmental policy: the Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP), the State Forestry Authority (SFA) and the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR). The Commissioner offered to engage with his Chinese counterparts in bilateral and multilateral work to tackle global environmental challenges and work closely on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The main channels for EU-China environmental dialogue with the Chinese government are:
In addition to the above mentioned dialogues, there are also: