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Member States reached the final agreement on vast parts of the legislative proposal on a European Climate Law

States and EU institutions, for which the Commission has officially unveiled its proposal to raise the threshold up to 55% against the European Parliament final proposal of 60%.

It indeed focused on consolidating (1) the outcomes of the progress made by the Commission expert groups, an essential step of the dialogue among Member States (started in March 2020) and (2) the basis for the Council future general approach.

Additionally, the partial agreements have excluded the original proposal to empower the European Commission to adopt a binding climate trajectory by means of delegated acts and proposed, alternatively, an intermediate 2040 climate-neutrality targets after the first global stocktake of the Paris Agreement, to take place in 2023.  However, a soft-trajectory is foreseen as a tool for the Commission to assess the progress on climate action at Union and Member States level.

The ending of the EU legislative process on the European Climate Law will also pass through a successful conclusion of the Member States’ debates concerning the Just Transition Fund and the measures needed to ensure cohesion and solidarity during the green transition for those European regions lagging on large-scale decarbonization trends.

On 11 December 2020, the European Council (EUCO) adopted its conclusions on climate change accepting and endorsing the climate neutrality targets for 2030 at 55%.

Inter-institutional negotiations among Commission, Council of the EU and Parliament begun on 11 November 2020.

The Council partial-general approach to the EU Climate Law can be found here. (FD)

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