10 Jun 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 10 JUNEBrussels Daily
Climate Action: EU prepares the way for a quick ratification of Paris Agreement
The European Commission today presented a proposal for the European Union to ratify the Paris Agreement, the world’s first universal, legally binding deal to tackle climate change. The Commission’s proposal comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries signed the landmark agreement at a ceremony in New York. EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “After Paris, the EU is doing its homework. We are determined to maintain the momentum and spirit of Paris and ensure the early ratification – and the swift implementation – of this historic agreement. Today’s proposal demonstrates our continued commitment to lead the global clean energy transition and build a modern, sustainable and more climate-friendly economy. I am confident that the European Parliament, Council and Member States will complete the respective ratification procedures promptly.” In line with the 2030 climate and energy framework agreed by EU leaders in October 2014, the Commission intends to propose in the coming months the Member State targets to reduce emissions in those sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading System, such as transport, agriculture and buildings. The Commission will also propose how to integrate land use into the 2030 framework and a communication on low-carbon mobility. The Commission’s proposals this summer, together with the revision of the Emissions Trading System, will deliver the remainder of the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and are an integral part of the Energy Union’s ambitious and forward-looking climate policy. Read the full press release in here. More information is available on the Energy Union website.
Commission extends safety net measures for EU fruit and vegetables
The European Commission has today formally extended until the end of June 2017 the safety net measures for the EU fruit and vegetables sector. Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, had announced “a prolongation of the measures for another year, reflecting the new market situation” at the Council meeting of EU agriculture Ministers in March this year. The safety net measures were first introduced in 2014 in response to the Russian ban on the import of EU fruit and vegetables and were already extended one year ago. The measures aim to ease market pressures for those fruits and vegetables that were previously exported to Russia. They consist mainly of withdrawals of produce for free distribution to charitable organisations and for “other purposes” (such as animal feed, composting, and distillation). The measures cover tomatoes, carrots, cabbages, sweet peppers, cauliflowers and headed broccoli, cucumbers and gherkins, mushrooms, apples, pears, plums, soft fruit, fresh table grapes, kiwifruit, sweet oranges, clementines, mandarins, lemons, peaches and nectarines, sweet cherries and persimmons. Since the beginning of the Russian ban in August 2014, total quantities of fruits and vegetables that have benefited from the exceptional measures exceed 1.13 million tons covered by a Union aid of almost € 280 million. In the face of the Russian ban, EU farmers have proved to be exceptionally resilient, with agri-food exports to third countries having increased by 4% in value compared with the previous year. However, the impact was uneven across sectors and countries. Commissioner Hogan commented today on the extension: “The extension of safety net measures for the fruit and vegetable sector is a concrete demonstration of solidarity by the European Commission with European fruit and vegetable producers, who have been particularly badly-affected by the ongoing Russian ban. Since the ban was introduced, the Commission has implemented a series of measures to support producers in a number of sectors, recognising the difficult market situation in which they have found themselves.”
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