France welcomes EU agreement on reducing emissions
Climate disruption/European Council – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, 24 October 2014
The European Council has reached an agreement on a new climate and energy policy framework. I am delighted about this.
The agreement stipulates that the EU will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. This goal reflects Europe’s ambitions within the framework of the international negotiations which should make it possible to reach an international agreement at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
The framework defined by the European Council reflects France’s desire for an ambitious policy to combat climate disruption. It is based on the principles of efficiency and European solidarity and will enable the EU to complete the energy transition needed to strengthen its energy independence and ensure a competitive supply of energy to European industry and households.
The European agreement on this new climate and energy framework is a major step towards an international agreement that will respond to the urgent need to combat climate disruption. It is a positive sign in the run-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference./.