The second Eastern Partnership (EaP) formal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change took place on October 9, 2018 in Luxembourg. The EU and the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) met to jointly review progress on the goals and priorities set at the first Ministerial meeting in 2016.
The ministers acknowledged progress made by EaP countries, in particular in relation to the ratification of the Paris Agreement and policy and legislative changes on water, the green economy, and on environmental assessments. They noted the need to mainstream environment and climate change issues, as well as sustainable development goals, into all sectors. They also discussed the transition to circular economy, focusing on plastic use and sustainable waste management, promoting transition to a more sustainable energy system, the completion of Emerald Network and a more sustainable forestry. The Ministers stressed the need to adopt Paris Agreement working program at the upcoming COP-24, to be held in Poland in December this year.
Further EU support to Eastern Partner countries to modernise the economy with a focus on action on the environment, circular economy and climate to reduce emissions will be provided through the new EU-funded programmes 'EU4Environment' and 'EU4Climate' (with €19.5 and €8 million in EU funding respectively).
Ostap Semerak, the Minister of Environment of Ukraine, noted that the states are facing similar challenges, so “EU member-states success stories will give an incentive to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which today agreed to coordinate implementation of their association agreements and engagement of EU assistance”.