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European climate law: Council reaches agreement on large parts of the proposal

Source: EU News, Date: , 2020

Today, the Council reached agreement on a partial general approach on the proposed European climate law. The aim of the proposal is to set in legislation the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, which was endorsed by the European Council in December 2019. 

"The EU is firmly committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050. While the European Council has announced that it will return to the greenhouse gasemissions reduction target for 2030 at its December meeting with a view to agreeing on a new target, I am pleased to announce that today we were able to reach agreement among member states on large parts of the European climate law proposal. It is important that we make as much progress as possible on this key piece of legislation. Last week, the European Council invited the Council to take work on this agenda forward, and today, after an intense discussion, we were able to reach an important milestone as regards the proposal for a European climate law"-Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany?In its position, the Council stresses the importance of promoting both fairness and solidarity among member states and cost-effectiveness in achieving the climate neutrality objective.One area of concern is a slope of the Barry Arm fjord in Alaska that overlooks a popular cruise ship route.