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Latvian government supports reaching EU’s climate neutrality goal by 2050

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2050, EU, climate neutrality, government, Latvia, EuropeLatvia’s government has agreed on support for European Union’s goal to become one of the main regions to have reached net zero level of greenhouse gas emissions or climate neutrality by 2050.

This topic will be discussed at the next Council of Europe meeting of 27 EU member states. Member states will need to reach an agreement on reaching EU climate neutrality by 2050. A discussion about EU support mechanisms for member states to reach climate neutrality and so-called Green Deal proposal elements are planned for 11 December.

Latvia supports EU’s goal to reach climate neutrality by 2050, by intensifying measures to limit climate change and contribute to global climate change reduction, as well as increase and modernize EU economy’s monetization, the position stresses.

As for the EU multi-year budget, state and government heads’ discussions will rely on the document prepared during Finland’s presidency and released on 2 December.

It is expected that the discussion between heads of state will be comprehensive, with each member state having priorities in the EU multi-year budget. Because it is not expected to achieve significant progress in talks, an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Europe is planned for February.

Nevertheless, Latvia is in favour of reaching an agreement on EU multi-year budget in time. EU multi-year budget needs to secure sufficient traditional EU policy – cohesion and General Agriculture Policy – to achieve goals and ensure full convergence of less developed countries and regions, as well as accomplishment of new priorities in areas like migration, climate change and defence.

Latvia’s priorities in talks about the multi-year budget have not changed. It is important to prevent a significant reduction of funding for cohesion and General Agriculture Police, secure equalization of direct payments in agriculture, provide sufficient funding for Rail Baltica project, as well as secure access to EU programmes such as Horizon Europe, the position stresses.

It is also planned to discuss in the Council of Europe the initiative proposed by the European Parliament – the conference about Europe’s future. The conference may last from 2020 until 2022. It is also planned to involve all EU institutions, member states, NGO sector and residents in the conference. In the Council of Europe member states will be able to speak about this idea’s development.

Read also: Dombrovskis: economic development will be Latvia’s focus in EC’s new plans

Latvia supports the conference about the future of Europe as a way to provide EU residents with more involvement in the discussion about topical matters in the EU and Europe’s future. All three institutions – Council of Europe, European Commission and European Parliament – have to be equally involved in both the conference’s preparation and management. The government says the conference should focus on policies that are already reflected in the Strategic Work Plan and problems identified in Citizen Consultations.

At the 13 December meeting of the Council of Europe it is planned to discuss the topical situation and future steps in Brexit. On 12 December Britain will be holding snap parliamentary elections. If the British parliament ratifies the agreement, opening the way for Brexit on 1 February 2020, there will be immediate talks about future relations between EU and Britain.

The national position mentions that Latvia wants an organized Brexit. Only an organized exit ensures legal clarity and the highest level of protection of citizens’ rights. The government hopes the exit agreement will be ratified in time and all sides will be able to commence talks on future relations.


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