Brussels Daily
01 Dec 2015


Brussels Daily


European Commission at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris

In his opening speech on the first day of COP21 yesterday in Paris, President Juncker said “Climate change is reshaping our planet and amplifying every kind of instability we face. We cannot tell future generations that we are not aware, because we are. We are aware of the risks that await us tomorrow. We know the threats we know the risks and we can prevent them. It is a question of political will and action. That’s the whole point of this conference.” In addition to President Juncker‘s presence yesterday, the European Union’s commitment to make the climate conference in Paris a success is further underlined by the presence of several Commissioners who, throughout the conference, will participate and work for a comprehensive, durable and dynamic agreement that will accelerate the global shift to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. During the first week from 1 till 6 December the following Commissioners are present: On Wednesday, 2 December, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides will attend the sessions dedicated to climate resilience. On Thursday, 3 December, Transport CommissionerVioleta Bulc, will participate in a debate on the future of transport. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs will represent the EU on Friday, 4 December, in talks regarding Climate Financing, while Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will be at the EU flagship event dedicated to reducing air pollution to save lives and combat climate change. On Saturday and Sunday (5-6 December) the EU’s chief negotiator, Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy will represent the EU discussing subjects such as emission trading and renewable energies. Many Commissioners will also be present at events organised by the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, an initiative that brings together all stakeholders who are committed in the transition to resilient and low-carbon economic and social developments. Visit the dedicated web page of the European Commission on the UN Climate Conference in COP21.

“The CAP: Meeting the major challenges”, Speech of Commissioner Hogan at the EU Agricultural Outlook Conference in Brussels

Speaking in front of over 400 stakeholders from the agricultural sector, today Commissioner Hogan today presented his vision for agriculture in the European Union and the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. Commissioner Hogansaid “the contribution of the CAP to addressing the economic, social and environmental issues shows that it is a policy not just for farmers but for all the people of Europe”. He wholeheartedly applauded and praised farmers for their efforts to mitigate climate change and make the greening of the CAP work on the ground; however he added that climate-smart agriculture must go in hand in hand with ensuring that farming remains viable, underlining that feeding the world is a global necessity and “we must support our producers using all the instruments at our disposal“. In this context, Commissioner Hogan also announced several upcoming trade missions to boost EU agri-food exports, concluding that the CAP must keep on delivering for all EU citizens and remain a living policy, fit-for-purpose – a Common Agricultural and Food Policy“. Highlighting that the CAP  is “the only EU policy which is fully integrated and funded from the EU budget“, Commissioner Hogan said that with the CAP, the EU is “driving a key strategic sector for the European economy and for European society”, and that the EU’s agricultural sector is becoming more innovative and competitive thanks to the CAP. A recording of Commissioner Hogan’s full speech is available on EbS and the text is available here.


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