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The second Eastern Partnership (EaP) ministerial meeting on Environment and Climate Change took place on 9th November 2018 in Luxembourg, co-organised by the European Commission and Austrian Presidency, in the presence of Commissioners Vella and Cañete.
Ministers and senior officials from the 28 EU Member States and 6 Eastern Partner Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) met to jointly review progress on goals and priorities set at the first Ministerial meeting held in 2016.
The Ministers reaffirmed the need to keep environment and climate action high on political and economic agendas, emphasizing the importance of implementing actions and policies in line with the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit Declaration of 2017 and the Declaration on Environment and Climate Action adopted at the first EaP Ministerial meeting in October 2016.
They acknowledged progress made since 2016 in particular in relation to the ratification of the Paris Agreement and policy and legislative changes on water, green economy, sustainable forest management, and on environmental assessments. They welcomed the support from the EU under existing regional programmes on environment and climate change as well as from Member States through twinning programmes to implement the objectives set out in the 2016 Declaration.
They also welcomed broad stakeholder involvement in addressing key environmental concerns, focusing on the challenges and opportunities associated with a transition to a circular economy and sustainable waste management. For their part, the International Funding Institutions (represented at the meeting by EBRD, EIB and the World Bank) reiterated the available funding under programmes earmarked to support actions for sustainable development and a resource-efficient economy. The Ministers reiterated their willingness to continue this cooperation, underlining the need to strengthen environmental governance and further support mainstreaming of environment and climate goals into all policy areas.