Europa plus kg top 40: Daily News 19 / 02 / 2019

Today, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella , and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete are participating in a High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation , in Brussels. High-level panellists including Ministers for Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development from several countries will join Commissioner Vella and Commissioner Arias Cañete in two panels on “Climate change and impact on Ocean biodiversity”, and “How to conciliate Ocean energy with Marine conservation”. Commissioner Vella said: “Climate change is the most important challenge of this century. We need to work together to address the impacts of climate change in the ocean. And we need to turn to the oceans to mitigate the impact of climate change. This is a top political priority for the EU. And our policy for better international ocean governance brings that priority to the highest political levels. For the first time, we are addressing ocean challenges across departments and across institutions.” As well as taking stock of current issues related to climate change and oceans preservations, countries, sectors and organisations will be given the opportunity at the conference to sign the Brussels Declaration , reaffirming their commitment to future generations. The EU is committed to further advance the ocean and climate issue, including in the context of the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This is in line with the Commission’s strategic long-term vision, approved November last year, for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all . The Commission’s vision for a climate neutral future covers nearly all EU policies and shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality. The speech by Commissioner Vella can be found here . (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel: +32 229-56186; Daniela Stoycheva – Tel.: +32 229 53664; Lynn Rietdorf – Tel: +32 229-74959)

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