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European Union and China sign cooperation agreement on Green Growth

Zhou Shengxian Minister of Environment Protection of the People’s Republic of China, and Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment met in Beijing on 19 July 2013 for the EU-China Environmental Policy Dialogue. The two exchanged views on the latest progress in the field of environmental protection and acknowledged respective efforts to address key global environmental challenges. They discussed how to properly handle the relationship between economic growth and environmental protection. Minister Zhou outlined how the concept of ecological civilisation would guide work in the new era and the three priorities of China's current environmental policy, including air pollution prevention and control with focus on control of PM2.5 , water pollution prevention and control as well as environmental protection in rural areas with drinking water safety as the focus They agreed to work together to start new projects including the EU-China Sustainability Programme. During the dialogue they agreed to establish an Environment Forum to address specific topics of mutual interest. The Environment Forum would convene every two years, involve stakeholders and business and would bring a new dimension to the partnership.  The first Forum is scheduled to take place in 2014 in Brussels, with the theme on Green Growth. The Forum's findings/outcome will be presented to the Ministerial Dialogue. Meanwhile in Brussels on 28th August ENEP was invited to meet a delegation from Haixi County in QINGHAI province in North Western China near to the foot hills of the Himalayas.  The discussions focused on sustainable agriculture, waste management and renewables. The Chinese delegation were particular interested in ENEP as a bottom up network of environmental professionals from across Europe. READ MORE

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