Presidencies of the EU
From January to June 2015 the European Union Presidency is in the hands of the Latvian Government
BirdLife Europe and its Latvian Partner LOB (Latvijas Ornitoloģijas biedrība) have sent a letter to the Latvian government, explaining their key recommendations for a successful Presidency.
The Latvian government is taking over the EU Presidency in a crucial phase in the development of the EU’s climate and energy policies, including high profile initiatives such as the Energy Union and implementation of the EU climate and energy package to 2030. How the EU responds to its climate and energy challenges will have enormously important environmental consequences - both in terms of our chances of preventing dangerous global climate change and also impacts on natural environment associated with energy-related land use and infrastructure development.
In implementing its climate and energy commitments to 2030, the EU must:
- Increase its commitment on greenhouse gas mitigation to 2030.
- Develop ambitious targets and require effective national policies and action for energy efficiency and saving.
- Ensure development of policies for ambitious deployment of renewable energy in harmony with the natural environment.
- Ensure European bioenergy dependency is within sustainable limits, and that all bioenergy use delivers genuine emissions reductions.
- Ensure that major energy infrastructures are developed without harming wildlife and important habitats.
Latvia has chosen to strive for a Competitive, Digital and Engaged Europe during your mandate. We strongly believe that the EU can be competitive and prosperous only if environmental protection is at the heart of its economic model. According to recent Eurobarometer polls, 95% of citizens want to see Europe engaged on environmental protection, and think that more should be done. As a country that values the natural environment, we expect Latvia to help fulfill the wishes of EU citizens during its Presidency.
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