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21.12.2012, 11:47 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) approved today, Friday December 21, the final compromise package agreed between the Council and the European Parliament, which was the outcome of the trilogue held on December 13, 2012, on Accounting Rules and Action Plans on Greenhouse Gas emissions and removals resulting from activities related to Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)....
21.12.2012, 11:34 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) approved today, Friday December 21, the final compromise package, agreed between the Council and the European Parliament on a first reading agreement for a Regulation on a Mechanism for Monitoring and Reporting Green House Gases (MMR)....
17.12.2012, 19:44 (CET)
The Blueprint to safeguard Europe's Water Resources was the subject of extensive discussions during the Environment and Climate Change Council of the European Union that took place today, Monday December 17, in Brussels.  At this final Environment Council under the Cyprus Presidency, other major items discussed included the Annual Growth Survey for 2013, the proposed new Environment Action Programme as well as a number of issues relating to climate change....
14.12.2012, 13:36 (CET)
On Monday December 17, the European Union’s Environment and Climate Change Ministers will convene in Brussels, to discuss important issues such as the Blueprint to safeguard Europe's Water Resources. Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr....
11.12.2012, 14:36 (CET)
The extension of the commitments which stem from the Kyoto Protocol until 2020 was greeted by Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris as a result which allows the pursuit of a more ambitious international action against climate change....
04.12.2012, 14:24 (CET)
EU has reduced emissions of greenhouse gases by 18% compared to 1990 and expresses its readiness to commit for a 30% reduction in the context of meaningful international action, stated Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr Sofoclis Aletraris, and EU Commissioner of Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard in a joint press conference....
03.12.2012, 12:10 (CET)
A recent report commissioned by the World Bank describes shocking scenarios if climate change isn’t combated, with an estimated increase of 4 degrees Celsius in global temperature during this century, along with heat waves, severe droughts and major flooding as a few consequences....
30.11.2012, 13:43 (CET)
A renewal of the Kyoto Protocol obligation is expected to be adopted by the governments of countries participating in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (the 18th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol)....
27.11.2012, 13:07 (CET)
Proposals for action in the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources” were the focal points of the EU Water Blueprint Conference, which took place at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia) on November 26-27, 2012....
27.11.2012, 08:52 (CET)
Aiming to formulate the strategy directives on waters and seas,  the Water Development Department and the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research of the Republic of Cyprus are organising an Informal Meeting of EU Water and Marine Directors....
22.11.2012, 17:15 (CET)
On November 26 and 27, 2012, representatives from EU Member States, stakeholder groups, and the European Commission will gather at the EU Water Blueprint Conference in Lefkosia (Nicosia), to discuss the future of EU water policy. They will predominantly focus on the proposals for action in the “Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources”, which was adopted by the Commission on November 14, 2012....
21.11.2012, 18:51 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency intervened today, November 21, at the European Parliament’s (EP) Plenary on crucial discussions, including the debate on the preparations of tomorrow’s special European Council meeting that will solely address the MFF, possible ways forward with the 2013 annual budget, as well as the upcoming Climate Change Conference, in Doha....
09.11.2012, 13:32 (CET)
Key issues related to preparing EU forests for future challenges and opportunities, are on the agenda of the EU Forest Directors General Meeting. Some of these are the state of play of the negotiations for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe, the ex-post evaluation of the EU Forest Action Plan, the development of the new EU Forest Strategy and the evaluation of Forestry Measures of Rural Development Programmes....
25.10.2012, 22:25 (CET)
The Environment Council (ENVI) agreed today, October 25, the Council Conclusions concerning the preparation of the European Union for next month’s Climate Change Summit in Doha. The Council, which was chaired by Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr....
24.10.2012, 12:10 (CET)
Important issues such as the Council Conclusions on Rio+20, the preparation for the Doha Summit on climate change and the draft Regulation for the recycling of ships, are on the EU Environment Ministers agenda for the Council meeting taking place on October 25 in Luxembourg....
22.10.2012, 10:36 (CET)
The Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus and chair of the Environment Council of the EU, Mr Sofoclis Aletraris, and the Environment Commissioner of the EU, Mr Janez Potočnik, have welcomed the agreement achieved on the results of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in a joint statement after the conclusion of the Conference....
19.10.2012, 09:42 (CET)
The imperative need for efforts to protect biodiversity to focus on the application of the Convention on Biological Diversity, was stressed by Cyrpus’  Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris during his address at the Conference on Biological Diversity on behalf of the European Union and its Member States in Hyderabad, India....
16.10.2012, 09:22 (CET)
The Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris, will represent the EU, as chair of the Environment Council in the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection on Biological Diversity....
11.07.2012, 21:03 (CET)
The Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris, presented on July 10 and 11, the Cyprus Presidency Priorities at the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and Fisheries (PECH) committees of the European Parliament....
08.07.2012, 14:02 (CET)
The need for adaptation to climate change to be integrated and mainstreamed into all European and national sectoral policies was the key message conveyed at the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Environment and Climate Change of the E.U., which today concluded its works....
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