Malta among first coun­tries to fi­nalise preparations for rat­i­fi­ca­tion of Paris Agree­ment

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Min­is­ter for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, the En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change José Her­rera at­tended an ex­tra­or­di­nary En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil Meet­ing to­day in Brus­sels. The meet­ing was ex­clu­sively ded­i­cated to cli­mate is­sues, the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion said.

The Coun­cil dis­cussed the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Agree­ment, the global agree­ment on cli­mate change adopted in Paris in De­cem­ber 2015. Min­is­ter Her­rera in­formed the Coun­cil that the Mal­tese Gov­ern­ment has fi­nalised its do­mes­tic preparations for the Rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Agree­ment.

Malta there­fore is one of the first mem­ber states to­gether with France, Hun­gary, Aus­tria and Slo­vakia who has so far com­pleted its na­tional pro­ce­dures of rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

The Paris Agree­ment is a mixed agree­ment, which means that some of the is­sues it cov­ers are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the EU and oth­ers of its Mem­ber States. It there­fore has to be rat­i­fied by both the EU and all 28 Mem­ber States.

The agree­ment will en­ter into force 30 days af­ter rat­i­fi­ca­tion by at least 55 coun­tries ac­count­ing for at least 55% of global green­house gas emis­sions. So far, 61 par­ties have rat­i­fied, ac­count­ing for 47.79% of global emis­sions. It is very likely that this thresh­old will be at­tained in time for its en­try into force by the be­gin­ning of the Mar­rakesh Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence. The first meet­ing of the par­ties to the Paris Agree­ment (CMA) could there­fore be con­vened dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

Dur­ing to­day’s Coun­cil Meet­ing, min­is­ters agreed on the con­clu­sions of the Paris Agree­ment on be­half of the EU. This will al­low the Coun­cil, once it has ob­tained the con­sent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, to adopt a Coun­cil de­ci­sion on the EU's rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Agree­ment in Oc­to­ber 2016.

The min­is­ters also adopted Coun­cil con­clu­sions on the preparations for the up­com­ing UN Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence, which is to take place in Mar­rakesh, Morocco, from 7 to 18 Novem­ber 2016 (COP22).

At the end of the ex­tra­or­di­nary En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil Meet­ing, Min­is­ter Her­rera as the up­com­ing Pres­i­dent of the En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil, had a meet­ing with the Fin­nish Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment and Agri­cul­ture Kimmo Ti­ilikainen whereby they dis­cussed is­sues re­lated to cli­mate change, which will be one of the pri­or­i­ties of the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency which will be held next year.

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