Latvia; Presidency; Council of Ministers

Reducing climate change and preserving the environment, are the primary concern for the Latvian EU council presidency according the Kaspars Gerhards, Minister for Environmental protection and regional development.  The Presidency will focus on two main areas of action. 1. Finding new, workable solutions for the EU's emissions trading system and 2. Making progress ahead of the 2015 international climate negotiations. Other priorities include improvement of environmental quality and resource efficiency.