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Baltic environment ministers sign joint climate declaration

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring a meeting of Baltic environment ministers, Latvian Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce, Estonian Environment Minister Rene Kokk and Lithuanian Environment Minister Kestutis Mažeika signed a joint climate declaration, affirming the three countries’ commitment towards long-term climate neutrality, as reported by Latvia’s Environment Ministry.

Baltic States Climate Declaration underlines the need for joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapts to climate change, as well as enhance cross-border cooperation. Signing the declaration, ministers urged voicing a joint position of Baltic States at all possible forums to all EU member states, European Commission and European Parliament. This includes talks about the EU multi-year financial content for the period after 2020.

«With the signing of the declaration we have agreed on closer cooperation between Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to jointly work on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,» explains Latvian minister Pūce.

«We demonstrate to the international society that we are trustworthy partners when it comes to climate change policy. We will continue exchanging good practices to look for new opportunities in development environmentally friendly industries and creation of new well-paid jobs,» he adds.

In the climate declaration Baltic environment ministers remind about existing steps in the fight against climate change, stressing that countries need to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. Transport and agriculture sectors in Baltic States are especially large sources of greenhouse gas emissions, which does not fit in EU emission trade scheme, the ministry reports.

Read also: German farmers sue government for lack of climate action

The declaration also details an invitation to secure sufficient EU-level funding for Baltic States in the next EU multi-year financial plan to support transition towards climate neutrality, promote the need for EU to adopt a low greenhouse gas emission long-term strategy and support an EU policy that promotes necessary activities in all economic sectors, considering economic competitiveness of Baltic States.

Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry is currently working on Latvia’s low carbon development strategy for 2050, which coincides with EU’s goal for reaching climate neutrality in 2050.


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