The informal meeting of the 27 EU environment and climate ministers will take place in Berlin on 30 September and 1 October 2020 at the invitation of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. The aim of the meeting is to exchange views on the link between biodiversity loss and the coronavirus pandemic and to discuss the European Commission's proposal to raise the EU 2030 climate target to at least 55% compared to 1990 levels.
The Informal Meeting of Environment and Climate Ministers is an important part of the Council Presidency, providing the opportunity to discuss politically relevant issues beyond day-to-day activities. It is also a chance to diverge from the format of the official Council meetings held in Brussels or Luxembourg during the Council Presidency and to invite other speakers besides the ministers and the EU Commissioners for the Environment and Climate Action.
Traditionally, the ministers of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are invited, as well as those of the EU candidate countries. The chair of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament, the Director of the European Environment Agency and the Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (European umbrella organisation for environmental NGOs) will also attend.
The agenda for the first day of the Informal Meeting of EU Environment and Climate Ministers includes the following issues:
- Lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis for global biodiversity conservation policy
- The impact assessment on raising the EU 2030 climate target and a discussion on Europe's contribution to implementing the Paris Agreement
On the second day, the EU environment and climate ministers will have another opportunity to take an in-depth look at the European Commission's climate action proposals in a working session and discuss the upcoming decisions on raising the EU 2030 climate target and on the EU Climate Law.
Livestreams of the Informal Meeting of EU Environment and Climate Ministers
8 a.m. Livestream of the doorstep with Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze
Other doorsteps with EU environment and climate ministers will be available as videos on the site.
9 a.m. - 9.20 a.m. Other doorsteps with EU environment and climate ministers, will be also available as videos on the site.
2 p.m. - 2.45 p.m. Livestream of the press conference at the end of the Informal Meeting of EU Environment and Climate Ministers