EU and its Eastern Partners strengthen cooperation on environment, circular economy and climate action

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 9 October, the second Eastern Partnership (EaP) formal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change took place in Luxembourg. The EU and the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) met to jointly review progress on the goals and priorities set at the first ministerial meeting in 2016.

The ministers acknowledged progress made since 2016, in particular in relation to the ratification of the Paris Agreement and policy and legislative changes concerning water, the green economy and environmental assessments.

They also welcomed broad stakeholder involvement in addressing key environmental concerns, focussing in particular on the challenges, and opportunities, associated with a transition to a circular economy and sustainable waste management.

The ministers reaffirmed the need to keep environment and climate action high on political and economic agendas.

Further EU support to Eastern Partner countries to modernise the economy, with a focus on action on the environment, climate, circular economy and reductions in emissions, will be provided through the new EU-funded programmes 'EU4Environment' and 'EU4Climate'.

The EU4Environment programme (with €19.5 million in EU funding) aims to help the Eastern Partner countries preserve their natural capital and increase people's environmental well-being. The EU4Climate programme (with €8 million in EU funding) is designed to support the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and to improve climate policies and legislation.

The event was co-organised by the European Commission and Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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