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Henryk Kowalczyk, Minister of Environment, and Paweł Sałek, Vice-Minister of Environment, Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy, attended a meeting of the European Union Environment Council (ENVI). The meeting took place on the 5th of March 2018 in Brussels.
The agenda of the talks included issues such as circular economy, the greening of the European Semester and the UN COP24 Summit.
UN COP24 Summit
During the ENVI Council meeting, Minister Henryk Kowalczyk and Vice-Minister Paweł Sałek also raised the issue of Poland’s preparations for the UN COP24 Summit. This 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will take place in Katowice, Poland from the 3rd to the 14th of December 2018.
During the meeting, Minister Henryk Kowalczyk pointed out:
“For many years, we have been talking about the need to combat climate change. The increasing gravity of the situation calls for a shift from debates and analyses to decisive action. The Paris Agreement, which set the framework for international cooperation on climate protection beyond 2020, will be ineffective without proper implementing legislation. Therefore, the main objective of COP24 is to adopt the full package implementing this agreement.”
On the other hand, Vice-Minister Paweł Sałek stressed that Poland counts on active involvement of all the parties to the Paris Agreement, and in particular the Member States of the European Union, in the negotiation process.
“We support all informal initiatives, including meetings, workshops and consultations, which will serve a constructive dialogue and building trust between the parties. It is also necessary to balance the efforts of rich and poor countries. The parties must continue the climate negotiations in the spirit of the adopted Paris Agreement, that is, above all, to ensure the universal participation of all countries and the voluntary choice of how to reduce emissions and use natural resources,” said Vice-Minister Sałek.
The ENVI Council meeting took place in Brussels on the 5th of March 2018. During the meeting, the participants raised other environmental issues such as ivory trade, efforts to combat global deforestation and the management of invasive alien species.
On the Council’s sidelines, Minister Henryk Kowalczyk also spoke to the European Commission’s Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete on the current issues regarding environmental and climate policy, as well as to the heads of EU Member States’ delegations, including Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom.
Source: Ministry of Environment