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Meeting in Brussels on 30 November at the European Council, EU leaders reached a deal intended to help secure agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen, from 7-18 December.
“The climate is changing faster than expected and the risks this poses can already be seen” said the Presidency Conclusions. “We experience widespread melting of ice, rising global sea levels and increased frequency, intensity and duration of floods, droughts and heat waves.”
The Copenhagen Conference aims to conclude an international climate change agreement to replace the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. The meeting was intended to be the culmination of a process that started with the launch of the Bali Road Map in 2007 – though some observers now think it unlikely a deal can be reached and that further negotiations will be needed.
Noting that the meeting is now just weeks away and that the pace of the negotiations must be stepped up, EU leaders pledged that the Union “is more than ever fully determined to play a leading role and contribute to reaching a global, ambitious and comprehensive agreement.”
You can find out about the EU’s position on climate change from a wide range of official EU sources, including:
Many of these sources are brought together on the website of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment, which has a climate change section and which also manages the related website Climate Action: Energy for a changing world (which includes information on the EU’s position on a post-2012 agreement)
The European Parliament is also active on climate change, notably via its Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (the EP website, Europarl, has a news section on Health and environment).
National ministers from the 27 EU Member States meet in the Environment Council. Negotiations in Copenhagen will take place whilst Sweden holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Swedish Presidency website has a section dedicated to the environment.
An annual review of developments on climate change and other policies is given in the General Report of the EU.