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European Council reaches agreement on climate neutrality by 2050

Slovenian prime minister Marjan Šarec is attending the regular meeting of the European Council in Brussels. The first day of the meeting, which is being chaired for the first time by its new president, Charles Michel, was dedicated primarily to discussing climate change.

Slovenian prime minister Marjan Šarec attending the regular meeting of the European Council in Brussels.

Slovenian prime minister Marjan Šarec attending the regular meeting of the European Council in Brussels. | Author European Council

The leaders discussed achieving climate neutrality in the European Union by 2050 and guidelines for adopting the EU’s long-term climate change strategy. They adopted an agreement whereby the European Union would become climate neutral by 2050. “Slovenia ranks among the more ambitious countries regarding climate policy, but even at home there is still a lot to be done, and we have some hard work ahead of us,” said Šarec as he arrived for the EU summit.

Also on the agenda at this meeting were negotiations over the EU’s multiannual financial framework 2021–2027. The leaders voiced their dissatisfaction with the Finnish Presidency’s proposal, and tasked European Council President Charles Michel to conduct a series of bilateral discussions with the national leaders over the coming weeks in order to draft a new compromise proposal. The leaders will continue the negotiations into the coming year.

They also exchanged views regarding current foreign policy issues.

On the second day of the meeting the leaders will continue with a summit of the leaders of the euro area countries and a meeting of the leaders of the EU27, at which they will discuss Brexit and preparations for negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom after its withdrawal.

On Wednesday the prime minister attended a meeting of the leaders of the Benelux countries and Slovenia. At a working dinner they discussed the current topics at the European Council meeting, at which they primarily focused on climate-related topics, the EU’s multiannual budget and the priority tasks of the new European Commission.

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