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Lithuania’s EU presidency programme to be presented in Luxembourg


Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis is to present environment and climate change priorities today during a meeting of the Environment Council in Luxembourg. This is the last meeting of the EU environment ministers under the Irish presidency of the Council of the EU.

The meeting aims to discuss critical legislation and policy-related issues, to review the communication of the European Commission regarding the strategy of adapting to climate change and to look at the progress report on reading the proposal to amend the directives on the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Once it has discussed implementation of “Rio+20” provisions, the Environment Council plans to adopt the conclusions of the European Commission regarding the all-encompassing programme after 2015 and to exchange opinions on the report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of eminent persons and sustainable development goals.

At the end of the meeting the Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis will introduce the working programme of Lithuania’s presidency of the EU Council, starting in just two weeks, in the field of environment, climate change and forests. According to the Minister, the Council’s agenda pinpoints the environmental issues that can be discussed only through a pro-active and efficient dialogue between EU Member States. “In order to ensure these conditions, during its European presidency Lithuania will try to look for politically correct decisions that meet common expectations. A great focus will be placed on ensuring an efficient and fluent legislative process,” Valentinas Mazuronis said.

During its presidency of the EU Council Lithuania will seek accord between the EU Member States on genetic resources and fair benefit-sharing as as well as on flourinated gas regulations. Every effort will be made to reach an agreement on rational measures to improve the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive without causing administrative burden. Our country is prepared to make use of every opportunity in the discussion on the the proposal to adjust the provisions of the pollution allowance trading directive and other legislative proposals, whose presentation is still pending.

During its EU presidency Lithuania is to face a tense agenda of international environmental issues, particularly in the fields of climate change, chemicals, desertification, biodiversity and forestry. Presidency will see completion of two international instruments on forestry and mercury. The greatest focus will be on the keynote international event, the United Nations climate change conference in Warsaw in November. Lithuania will lead preparation of the EU position and coordination of EU participation in this conference.

The international climate agenda will be on the table at the informal meeting of environment and climate ministers in July in Vilnius, to which Minister Valentinas Mazuronis will invite the ministers of all EU Member States while introducing Lithuania’s presidency programme in Luxembourg.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas