The Environment Council will start with an exchange of views on two key Commission initiatives launched in mid-January 2018 as a follow-up to the Circular Economy Action Plan: the European strategy for plastics in a circular economy and the interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation.
The discussion will focus on the promotion of a substantial increase in the use of recycled plastics, as well as the safe recovery of waste containing substances of concern.
CO2 emissions and air quality
Following this debate, the Commission will present the proposal for a regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles.
Afterwards, the Presidency and the Commission will briefly report on the recent 21st European Forum on Eco-innovation for air quality.
The French delegation will then debrief the Council on the state of play of the negotiations on the Global Pact for the Environment. Denmark will address the principles for implementing the regulation on invasive species.
This will be followed by an informal lunch where ministers will discuss eco-innovation in the context of the circular economy.
Greening the European Semester
The afternoon session will start with an exchange of views on greening the European Semester.
Member states will address the need to integrate the European Semester environmental considerations within the implementation of the environmental policy. This would create a link to the Environmental Implementation Review process and to the newly adopted Compliance Assurance Action Plan.