Ministers of the Environment of V4, Bulgaria and Romania discussed the EU's climate policy

Ministers of the Environment of V4, Bulgaria and Romania discussed the EU's climate policy

A video conference of Ministers of the Environment of V4 countries, Bulgaria and Romania took place on 18 June 2020. The meeting, chaired by Deputy Minister Vladislav Smrž, replaced the ministerial conference scheduled for May this year, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The talks focused on the European Green Deal, a new strategy that aims to make the EU´s economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas while making the transition just and inclusive for all. The views of all participating countries on the climate policy of the European Union are relatively close. The circular economy and economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic were also discussed.

"The Czech Republic continues to support the EU´s long-term target to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. As we still do not know the full extent of economic and social impacts of the current crisis on Member States, which will also vary from country to country, the Czech Republic is of the opinion that the debates on the preparation of measures supporting the economic recovery should be separated from the debate on further raising climate targets. The EU should reflect the impact of the current pandemic when implementing all the proposed ambitious steps in the European Green Deal", said Deputy Minister Smrž.

At the end of the meeting, Deputy Minister Smrž presented the outputs from the events organized by the Ministry of the Environment within the Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group. Poland, which is taking over the V4 Presidency after the Czech Republic, also presented its priority areas, which include drought prevention and climate policy, among others.