The Informal Meeting of EU Environment and Climate Ministers will take place in Berlin on 30 September and 1 October at the invitation of German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze.
The aim of the meeting is to exchange views on the link between biodiversity loss and the coronavirus pandemic and to discuss the European Commission’s proposal to raise the EU 2030 climate target to at least 55% compared to 1990 levels.
The Informal Meeting of Environment and Climate Ministers is an important part of the Council Presidency, providing the opportunity to discuss politically relevant issues beyond day-to-day activities. It is also a chance to diverge from the format of the official European Council meetings held in Brussels or Luxembourg during the Council Presidency and to invite other speakers besides the ministers and the EU Commissioners for the Environment and Climate Action.
Traditionally, the ministers of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland - are invited, as well as those of the EU candidate countries. The chair of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament, the Director of the European Environment Agency and the Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (the European umbrella organisation for environmental NGOs) will also attend.
German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze