Press Release: Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers Meeting, 15-16 December 2019

The 14th Asia and Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 December.

The event will bring together foreign affairs ministers from European and Asian countries, under the theme “Asia and Europe: together for effective multilateralism”.

Press Release: EU Arctic policy – Council adopts conclusions

The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU Arctic policy.

While recognising the primary responsibility of the Arctic states for the development of the region, the Council notes that many of the issues affecting the region are of a global nature and are more effectively addressed through regional or multilateral cooperation. It notes that the EU should continue to make a significant contribution in both regional and multilateral fora which deal with arctic matters.

Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (16 December 2019)

Agenda includes Update (Commission services/EEAS) and exchange of views on Engaging with China on the sustainable development agenda and cooperation in third countries, Information (Commission services) and exchange of views on EU support for sustainable development in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Presentation of main results (Spain/Commission services) 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25, Madrid, 2-13 December 2019). 

Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (6 & 7 November 2019)

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Press Release: COP 25: EU Ocean Day highlights the role of oceans in tackling climate change globally

Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. To highlight the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge, the European Commission is organising an ‘EU Ocean Day’ on 7 December during the COP 25, the UN Climate Change Conference (2 – 13 December 2019).

OPP Meeting Summary: ECOFIN Council – Conclusions on strengthening the European financial architecture for development (5 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (9 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (5 December 2019)

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Outcome of Proceedings: Council conclusions on Strengthening the European financial architecture for development

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Agenda: First EU Coordination Ahead of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP): 39th session of the Executive Body (EB 39) (9 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (26 June 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Development Cooperation (9 December 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Forestry (11 December 2019)

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Press Release: Civil society representatives from the EU and ACP countries highlight the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development

On 22 November, participants in the 17th regional seminar of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups adopted a declaration highlighting the potential of the blue economy as a key factor for development in many eastern and southern African countries.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – Kunming (2020) (3 December 2019)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (4 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness Council (28-29 November 2019)

Update: the main results are now available.

Items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, finance and internal market policies. A items are also available.

Agenda: Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) (3 December 2019)

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Agenda: Counsellors/Attachés (Agri-Forestry) (2 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (28 November 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Financial support from the EU and its Member States for developing countries aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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Press Release: New Eurobarometer survey shows: The majority of Europeans think the EU should propose additional measures to address air quality problems

According to a new Eurobarometer survey, over two thirds of Europeans think that the European Union should propose additional measures to improve air quality. Of the more than 27,000 citizens interviewed in all EU Member States, more than half of respondents think that households, car manufacturers, energy producers, farmers and public authorities are not doing enough to promote good air quality.

Event: Glocalising the Sustainable Development Goals (Brussels, 5 December 2019)

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