Press Release: Environment Council, Brussels, 3 March 2014

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Publication Date 03/03/2014
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Main results of the Council:

The Council held a public policy debate on a Commission communication for a 2030 framework for climate and energy policy. Ministers agreed that the debate on the Commission's proposal for a 2030 framework was necessary as investors, businesses and citizens want clarity and predictability with regard to future climate and energy policies. In addition, ministers underlined the need to prepare for the international negotiations for a new, global agreement on climate change.

Furthermore, the Council held a public exchange of views on the draft regulation amending directive 2001/18/EC asregards the possibility for member states to restrict or prohibit the cultivation, in all or part of their territory, of genetically modified organisms(GMOs) that have been authorised at EU level. The exchange of views confirmed the member states' willingness to re-open discussions on this legislative proposal on the basis of the presidency compromise text.

Finally, ministers held a debate on the Annual Growth Survey 2014, which forms part of all relevant Council deliberations in preparation for the Spring European Council on 20 and 21 March. Ministers focused the debate in particular on how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes and in the overall semester cycle.

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