|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Policy-making|
Reports, analyses and information on the discussions held between Member States at European Council level on addressing climate change and transitioning to a climate-neutral European Union (EU).
The European Commission adopted in November 2018 a Communication on a climate-neutral economy, which aims at launching a debate for a long-term strategy that is able to confirm the European Union's commitment to lead in global climate action and to present a vision that can lead to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner.
Facing an increasing level of pressure by public opinion across Europe for climate change to become a key political issue - such as youth action on climate change and the electoral growth of green parties - the European Union and its Member States engaged in discussions to determine a long-term strategy which can ensure a transition towards a carbon-neutral European Union.
On 9 May 2019, a number of Member States published a non-position setting out their position on climate change. On 20 June, the European Council failed to agree on the goal of a climate-neutral EU by 2050 due to the opposition of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia. National leaders agreed that a climate-neutral EU should:
An update on the EU-wide and international discussions relating to these matters was undertaken by the Council of the European Union on 26 June.
|Subject Tags||Climate Change|
|Keywords||Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|