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Minister Vizjak to give EU environment ministers a progress report on adoption of the »Fit for 55« legislative package

The Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Andrej Vizjak, will chair the last meeting of EU Environment and Climate Change Ministers before France takes over the European Council presidency.

The Slovenian Presidency will present a report on progress in adopting the “Fit for 55" legislative package, while the ministers will hold a political debate on the key political challenges posed by legislative acts falling within the competence of the Environment Council. These are legislative proposals regarding the establishment of a greenhouse gas emission allowance (GHG) trading scheme; revision of the burden-sharing regulation (non-ETS); setting carbon dioxide emission standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles and the LULUCF area (land use, land use change and forestry) and proposing the establishment of a Social Climate Fund.  The adoption of these legislative acts will make it possible to reduce GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030 at EU level and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The proposals contained in the Package were the main priority of the Slovenian Presidency, which strived for the greatest possible progress and a coherent approach to dealing with dossiers that are highly horizontal in nature.

A report on the progress made in negotiations on the proposal for a regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries, which would modernise the EU legislative framework and is an integral part of the European Green Deal will also be presented at the meeting.

The ministers will exchange views on the new EU Soil Strategy, focusing on the adequacy of the measures envisaged and the legislative regulation of this area at EU level. The strategy is based on several objectives of the European Green Agreement and sets out a vision for 2050. It is also a key factor in mitigating climate change.

The Slovenian Presidency will report on some major international meetings and sessions, including the meeting of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP26) in Glasgow in November and the Barcelona Convention (COP22), which was held last week in Antalya.

On the eve of the meeting, Minister Vizjak will host a traditional meeting with NGOs.