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06 Nov 2015


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Climate action: Ministers meet in Paris for last informal discussions ahead of UN climate summit

From 8-10 November, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will join the last informal ministerial meeting before the COP21 climate conference in Paris (30 November to 11 December). The landmark UN summit is due to conclude a new global agreement to fight climate change. The informal pre-COP meeting will bring together ministers from all groups represented in the UN climate talks. It will seek to identify key points requiring political discussion and explore compromise routes ahead of the Paris conference. In the margins, Commissioner Arias Cañete will meet the US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, as well as ministers from the Alliance of Small Islands States (AOSIS) and from the African Group. Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “Despite the impressive number of intended national contributions and increasing evidence of political determination to seal the deal in Paris, we have a lot of work ahead of us. What is needed now is the political steer to bring the process to the next level. The EU remains determined to work with everyone involved to ensure that the political momentum we are witnessing around the world will be brought into the negotiating rooms in Paris.” More information on the website of the French Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference:

Commission publishes EU proposal on sustainable development in TTIP and the first detailed report on the latest negotiating round

The European Commission published today its proposal for a chapter on trade and sustainable development, including labour and the environment, in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This approach follows the new EU trade strategy, ‘Trade for all‘, which aims at more responsible trade policies both at home and globally. Presenting the new proposal, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “Trade is not only a tool to create new economic opportunities for consumers, workers and employers, but also a tool to help the world become a more responsible place. Trade is not just about our economic interests, but also about values. I made it my clear priority in the new ‘Trade for All’ strategy and I want to put it into practice in our agreement with the US. That’s why we are proposing a very ambitious approach to sustainable development in the EU-US trade talks, which will be respected, implemented and enforced when we sign up to them. Working together with the US would make us more efficient in fighting globally for more responsible practices. At the same time we would ensure that our existing high, yet sometimes different, standards in the EU and the US are upheld.” Moreover, in its ongoing effort to make negotiations on TTIP more transparent, the European Commission also published today the first detailed report on the latest negotiating round, which took place in Miami from 19-23 October 2015. A full press release in all languages is available online. The presentation of these documents by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström is available on EbS here. Her blog post on the same subject will be online here


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  • European Commission proposes more than €3 million from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help former workers from computer programming in Finland and former aircraft maintenance and repair workers in Ireland
  • Financial support for managing migration: Commission awards €10.17 million in emergency funding to Slovenia
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