The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Laszlo Borbely (photo) said at the EU’s informal meeting of ministers for environment and energy that took place in Sevilla that it was important for the EU CO2 emission performance standards to be uniform with that of other international relevant partners, the ministry said.
At the United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen, all ministers stressed the importance of industry and NGO’s joint efforts to achieve low CO2 emission levels adding that EU should speak with one voice on climate change.

The non-governmental organizations insisted that EU make radical approach to meet the 30% cut in CO2 emission goals by 2020 from the base year 1990.

The meeting had three work sessions. In the first session, the ministers discussed the crucial role of civil society in the climate change.

Ministers of the candidate countries (Croatia, Turkey) and other non-EU countries (Norway, Switzerland), companies in the field, NGOs, trade union confederation of Spain and European Environment Agency attended the first two work sessions.

Within this session, Minister Laszlo Borbely stressed that EU legislation on CO2 emission must be correlated both nationally and globally.

“There is a tough year ahead of us, EU must make decisions on climate change and find solutions to line up the different opinions of NGOs, business, industry and energy leaders. EU Member States must have a common viewpoint on climate change”, said the Minister of Environment and Forestry.

The second work session addressed the governing and technological cooperation issue. Talks focused on the need for a governmental reform and the importance of an international governmental body.

The main topic of the third session was the assessment of Copenhagen Conference outcome.

Romanian minister outlined the importance of a clear strategy and short-term actions.

“The consistency of EU targets with the targets and actions of other relevant international partners is extremely important. Attracting more and more countries to sign the Copenhagen Accord it is also an imperative task for continuing the negotiations on a legally binding accord”, said the Romanian minister, Laszlo Borbely.

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