Environment Council of 20 June 2023

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Indicative programme

All times are approximate and subject to change

Chair:  Romina PourmokhtariSwedish Minister for Climate and Environment

from 08.30
Arrivals (live streaming)

Doorstep by Minister Pourmokhtari (live streaming)

Beginning of the Environment Council
Adoption of the agenda
Approval of non-legislative A items

Regulation on nature restoration (public session)

CO2 emission reductions for new heavy-duty vehicles (public session)

Any other business (public session):
– Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) (virtual, 3 – 7 July 2023)
– Implementation of the European Hydrogen Bank Auctions as a service for member states
Strengthening policies for climate change adaptation

Working lunch discussion on the road to COP 28

Any other business:
– Work programme of the incoming Presidency

Directive on air quality (public session)

Any other business: (public session)

– Lower VAT rate for recyclates/recycled products
– Rome‘s candidacy to host EXPO 2030
– Reports on main recent international meetings:

  • Triple Conference of the Basel (COP 16), Rotterdam (COP 11) and Stockholm (COP 11) Conventions (Geneva, 1 – 12 May 2023)
  • INC-2 to Develop an International Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Pollution (Paris, 29 May – 2 June 2023)
  • UN 2023 Water Conference (New York, 22 – 24 March 2023)

At the end of the meeting (+/- 17.15) press conference in live streaming.

Arrangements for the press conference

The press conference will take place in a hybrid format: EU accredited journalists will be able to participate and ask questions either remotely or in person at the ECC Luxembourg press room.

To attend the event remotely, please use this link to register and have the possibility to ask questions.

Those who already registered for previous Environment Council press events do not need to do it again.

  • Deadline for registration: Tuesday, 20 June 2023, 16.00

Further instructions will be sent to all registered participants shortly after the deadline.

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