Incoming Greek Presidency outlines environment and energy priorities
During a meeting of environment ministers on 13th December the Greek government presented the incoming presidency's work programme for the environment sector. It will focus in particular on the following legislative proposals:
- Reaching agreement with the European Parliament on the proposal on aviation backloading (Draft directive to adapt the EU ETS Aviation directive)
- Draft regulation on shipment of waste
- Draft regulation on CO2 emissions from maritime transport
- Draft regulation on invasive alien species.
In addition, the presidency aims to significantly advance:
- The proposals on the ratification of the second period of the Kyoto Protocol
- The package of proposals on air quality (it will be presented in late December 2013)
- The proposal on plastic bags
On 12th December the incoming presidency presented its energy priorities to the Council:
- The completion of the internal energy market by the end of 2014
- The target of year 2015, by which time no Member State will be left excluded from European gas and electricity networks and,
- The expected International Agreement on Climate Change in 2015
The Greek Presidency has said it will also promote EU policies on energy and climate change beyond 2020, based on the anticipated Communication of the European Commission's "Framework for the 2030 climate change and energy". A policy debate on the framework for 2030 has been scheduled to take place during the EU Energy Ministerial Council on the 4 March 2014, fuelling discussions at the European Council of 20-21 March 2014.