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EU experts in Vilnius discuss climate change policy issues


Today, the “Radisson SAS Blu” conference center in Vilnius hosted an informal meeting of the EU Council Working Party on International Environmental Issues organized by the Minister of Environment. This meeting, as a part of Lithuania's EU Council presidency, was the first of its kind in Lithuania.

Representative from EU member states, the European Commission and General Secretariat of the EU Council have all convened for the event, as did other guest speakers. Participants will discuss the EU's climate change policy agenda in preparation for the international climate change conference being held this November in Warsaw. They will also consider the EU's position on the new international climate change agreement that will be signed in 2015 during the climate change conference in Paris.

During today's meetings, participants discussed the specific actions and tasks that will be a part of Lithuania's EU Council presidency plan as it prepares for the climate change conference in Warsaw. A representative from Ireland, which handed the EU Council presidency over to Lithuania, will familiarize participants with the negotiation processes and results achieved during the session in Bonn and during the meetings of the special working party formed to negotiate a general climate change agreement and to increase the amount by which developed nations agree to reduce their CO2 emissions by 2020. Professor Stefan Rahmstorf from Potsdam will present scientists' conclusions regarding climate change. Nicolette Barlett, representative of the consultation firm “Ecofys”, will talk about a project based on scientists' conclusions aimed at increasing international cooperation and increasing C02 emission reduction goals. A representative of the European Commission will inform participants about various consultations that have occurred with related public organizations regarding the EC's communique on the general climate change agreement to be signed in 2015. A representative from Poland will give an overview of the conference to be held in Warsaw.

Participants at the meeting will continue their discussions in four separate-themed working parties. Topics will include the structure, goals and important tasks in 2014 of the general international climate change agreement, the increase of CO2 emission reduction goals by 2020, climate change financing and technology, and adaptation to climate change.

The working parties' discussions' results will be summarized and presented tomorrow. Guidelines and suggestions will also be presented for Lithuania's EU Council presidential agenda, which the EU will use in all further international climate change negotiations.

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