6th October 2016

EP: MEPs’ green light for Paris climate agreement

The UNFCCC Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, will come into force next month, having met the necessary conditions much earlier than predicted, as the European Parliament agreed to its ratification by the European Union in a historic vote on Tuesday. The EU will join the US, China and India, other global players and major greenhouse gas emitters, at a November meeting of Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) in Marrakesh when the Paris agreement will enter into force.

Next steps

Now that it has Parliament’s consent, the Council can formally adopt the Decision via a written procedure, so that the EU, together with the seven member states that have completed the ratification process, can deposit the ratification instruments in the UN headquarters in New York by this Friday 7 October.

MEPs will also vote a resolution on Thursday setting out their priorities for the next round of talks to start in November in Marrakesh to focus on the effort-sharing among the Parties that will be needed to meet the Paris targets.

Read the press release and more.

The Czech Republic joined the group of countries officially supporting the agreement on 22 April 2016.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic