Europe and Central Asia

Council of the European Union (Presidencies)

The Council of the European Union comprises the heads of state or government of the member countries of the European Union.
The Council's Presidency is responsible for its function and rotates among member countries every six months. 

From July to December 2015 the European Union Presidency is in the hands of the Luxembourger Government

From January to June 2015 the European Union Presidency was in the hands of the Latvian Government

BirdLife Europe and its Latvian Partner LOB (Latvijas Ornitoloģijas biedrība) sent a letter to the Latvian government, explaining their key recommendations for a successful Presidency.

The Latvian government took 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 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:

  1. Increase its commitment on greenhouse gas mitigation to 2030.
  2. Develop ambitious targets and require effective national policies and action for energy efficiency and saving.
  3. Ensure development of policies for ambitious deployment of renewable energy in harmony with the natural environment.
  4. Ensure European bioenergy dependency is within sustainable limits, and that all bioenergy use delivers genuine emissions reductions.
  5. Ensure that major energy infrastructures are developed without harming wildlife and important habitats.

Latvia chose to strive for a Competitive, Digital and Engaged Europe during its 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.


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