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Indicative programme - Environment Council of 20 December 2018

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op maandag 17 december 2018.


Europa building, Brussels


Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria

All times are approximate and subject to change

from 8.30


+/- 8.45

Doorstep by Minister Köstinger

+/- 9.30

Beginning of Environment Council meeting (Roundtable)

Adoption of the agenda

Approval of non-legislative A items

+/- 9.35

Approval of legislative A items (public session)

+/- 9.45

Regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles (public session)

+/- 11.15

Clean Planet for all: Strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy

+/- 13.05

Any other business

  • Reports on recent international meetings: COP24 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Report on the implementation of the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change
  • "Graz Declaration": Starting a new era; debriefing on informal meeting of Environment and Transport Ministers

+/- 13.25

Lunch - Discussion on the future priorities for REACH and the Greening of the EU's Chemicals Policy

+/- 15.00

Any other business

  • Adoption of measures at EU level to create the conditions for discontinuing the use of the environmentally problematic substances contained in plant protection products

+/- 15.05

Regulation on LIFE (live streaming)

+/- 16.35

Any other business (live streaming)

Presidency debriefing on current legislative proposals:

  • Regulation on Taxonomy
  • Directive on single-use plastics
  • Regulation on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (recast)
  • Regulation on the alignment of environmental reporting obligations
  • Directive on drinking water (recast)
  • Regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans

+/- 18.05

Any other business

  • Reports on recent international meetings: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 17-29 November 2018)
  • The 2018 London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference
  • The future of European Environment Policy - Towards an 8th Environment Action Programme. Outcome of the Informal Meeting of Environment and Transport Ministers (Graz, Austria, 29-30 October 2018)
  • Intermediary Sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) (Geneva, 5-7 February 2019)
  • The environmental and climate ambition of the future CAP
  • Work programme of the incoming Presidency

+/- 19.10

Press conference (live streaming)

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