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EU Environmental Ministers Discuss Copenhagen Follow Up

eupresidency201016 January 2010: EU Environmental Ministers discussed initial steps to be taken following the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference at an informal meeting organized by the Spanish Presidency in Seville, Spain, on 16 January 2010. According to Spanish State Secretary for Climate Change Teresa Ribera, who presided over the Informal Council of EU Environment Ministers, the ministers expressed a shared "will" to consolidate a "rapid and efficient" process on climate change, to seek an "integrative effort" leading to the Mexico climate conference by the end of 2010, and to put in place "an action strategy" to implement the Copenhagen Accord.

Further discussions on climate change will be held on 18 January 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, by the EU Permanent Representatives Committee, which is expected to decide whether the EU will take up a 30% emission reduction target - notwithstanding the fact that this had been made conditional on similar actions by other countries - or whether it will confirm the 20% target already in place. [EU Presidency Press Release]