Brussels Daily
10 Dec 2015


Brussels Daily


UN climate conference: EU-led ambition coalition growing stronger

The European Union has been building a strong coalition of developed and developing countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Latin America sharing the highest level of ambition in the international climate talks. The recent announcement of the alliance between the European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States is the concrete result of the long-standing European coalition-building work, see IP/15/6273. Furthermore, the European Union welcomes the announcement by the United States of America government that it is joining the European Union and many of its long-standing partners in this ambition coalition. The EU’s chief negotiator to the Paris talks, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “The ambition coalition led by the European Union is growing stronger. After yesterday’s game changer announcement, our call to other players has been heard. The EU has built a strong alliance that represents more than 100 countries and the majority of parties at the UN climate talks. We are both developed and developing countries, big and small, rich and poor, and will not accept an agreement that is not fit for purpose. In the remaining hours of these negotiations together we will push to strike the most ambitious global climate deal.” The Paris climate conference, scheduled to run from 30 November to 11 December, is due to conclude a new international agreement to limit global average temperature rise and avoid the most dangerous consequences of climate change. Listen to recorded statements by Miguel Arias Cañete and #HighAmbitionCoalition.  

Commission proposes new rules to improve transparency and monitoring of EU fleet fishing internationally

Today, the Commission proposed a new system to grant and manage fishing authorisations, allowing authorities to better monitor both EU vessels fishing outside Union waters and international vessels fishing in our own waters. Monitoring the activities of the EU fishing fleet, wherever they are, is crucial to promote sustainable fishing and combat illegal operations. The proposal forms part of the implementation of the new Common Fisheries Policy, which requires EU vessels fishing inside or outside the EU to be subject to the same rules and standards. EU vessels will not be able to fish in third country waters or in the high sea unless they have been previously authorised by their flag Member State, i.e. the state under whose laws the vessel is registered or licensed. To obtain authorisation, they will have to show that they comply with a set of criteria that the EU considers essential – for instance that they have an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number and a valid fishing license, and have not been found guilty of infringements. A press release and memo are available online.



  • The December infringements package: Commission acts for full, proper and timely implementation of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses
  • Giving Europeans more choice in financial services: the European Commission consults
  • EU opens door of financing for SMEs shifting to the circular economy
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