The EU and its six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) today adopted a Ministerial Declaration confirming their joint commitment to step up cooperation on environment and climate change.
The Declaration was the outcome of the first formal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change which took place in Luxembourg. During the climate session of the meeting, ministers discussed the challenges and opportunities for cooperation on implementing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, which will legally enter into force next month.
They focused on how partner countries can develop low-emission and climate-resilient economies, including by exploiting the great potential for energy savings in the region. During the morning session on environment, ministers and Commissioners discussed the challenges and opportunities for cooperation on environmental governance and the green economy.
Ministers agreed to meet in two years to assess progress on cooperation. In the meantime, they tasked the Eastern Partnership Panel on Environment and Climate Change to draft and implement an action plan translating into practice the provisions of the Declaration.
- Publication date
- 18 October 2016
- Directorate-General for Climate Action