Estonia took over the Presidency from Malta on 1 July 2017. The Estonian Presidency is willing to push forward EU policy to deliver on the Paris targets. Therefore, it committed to make substantial progress on all climate policy files – emissions trading system (ETS), the effort sharing Regulation (ESR), land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), and ETS aviation.
The waste package currently on the table is one of the fundamental pillars of a resource-efficient circular economy. Negotiations are ongoing and the Presidency said it is committed to find an agreement by the end of the Presidency.
Other key environment priorities of the Estonian Presidency include:
Eco-innovation, as a key element in the transition to a circular economy.
The Paris Agreement. The Presidency’s priority is to uphold multilateralism by fortifying a broad-based international alliance.
The COP 23 in November. The EU must remains decisive and speak with one voice on these critical matters.
13-14 July Informal Environment Council in Tallinn
13 October Environment Council in Luxembourg
19 December Environment Council