EU environment ministers to discuss way forward for implementing Paris climate agreement

European Union (EU) environment ministers will meet this week to discuss global developments on climate change and EU implementation of the Paris Agreement, together with Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

Ministers from the Member States will gather in Tallinn, Estonia on 13-14 July for an informal EU Environment Council meeting, organised by the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council. The first day of the meeting will focus on eco-innovation, the second on international climate action.

On Friday (14 July), ministers and Commissioner Arias Cañete will first discuss expectations, opportunities and potential challenges related to fulfilment of the vision and objectives of the Paris Agreement, together with representatives from civil society, business and developing countries.

Following the debate, heads of delegations of the 28 Member States and Commission representatives will hold an informal working lunch on European and global climate action and on ensuring that the EU maintains its competitiveness as well as its international leadership role.

Commissioner Arias Cañete will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with ministers during the meeting. The informal Environment Council in Tallinn will be chaired by Mr Siim Kiisler, environment minister of Estonia, which took over the EU Council Presidency from Malta on 1 July.