A study by the EP Policy Department for External Relations.
The 14th Asia and Europe Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 December.
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 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).
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).
Next year’s UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, says the Environment Committee.
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.
Update: the main results are now available.
Items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, finance and internal market policies. A items are also available.
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.