On November 2016 the Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs) adopted conclusions on Eastern Partnership. The Council gave assessment to the processes taking place under Eastern Partnership and highlighted a number of important issues.

We see three key environmental issues raised by the Council:

  • Energy related conclusions give a clear signal that ‘adherence to the highest international standards of nuclear safety and environmental protection must be duly respected’.
  • The Council considers the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change as additional relevant elements in the context of engagement with the EaP partners.
  • The Council welcomed and called for implementation of a recent ministerial declaration adopted by the first Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting on Environment and Climate Change.

Last, the Council reaffirmed the importance of engaging civil society organisations in EaP initiatives. From this perspective, last week discussions on the future agendas of EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform and Ukrainian National Platform of the EaP Civil Soceity Forum have high relevance now.

For information, the Eastern Partnership is a specific Eastern dimension to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) of the European Union.