The 15th meeting of the Czech-German Joint Commission on Environment

The 15th meeting of the Czech-German Joint Commission on Environment

The 15th meeting of the Czech-German Joint Commission on Environment took place in Prague on 11-12 January 2017. Based on a bilateral international agreement the Commission meets regularly since 1997. The German delegation was led by the state Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Czech delegation by the Deputy Minister Vladislav Smrž. The representatives of bordering federal states Saxony and Bavaria also took part in the meeting.

Main topics of the discussion were Nature Protection and common transboundary endangered species projects, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Air Pollution. The German concept of Low-Emission Zones was discussed again.

As a next topic, Climate Protection was mentioned. The Czech Republic informed about its positions on important documents and discussion in the EU as well as the next meeting of the Czech-German Working Group on Climate. Both sides exchanged over its capacities for new projects in the field of clean mobility and green technologies. Experience of particular implementers of realised projects was presented as well.

The German side was informed about the process of remediation of the river Elbe. Both sides appreciated the wide cooperation on transboundary watercourses and the joint care about the river Elbe. Both sides also paid attention to the visit of the Federal Minister of the Environment Ms. Barbara Hendricks to the Czech Republic, which is planned for June 2017.