On 1 July 2021, Slovenia took over the presidency of the Council of the EU.
The presidency rotates among the EU Member States every 6 months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU's work.
The Slovenian Presidency will do its utmost to ensure that the EU maintains its leading role in the field of the just green transition at global level. The climate change objective is clear and ambitious: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to the base year of 1990, thus reducing harmful emissions and energy dependence, and ensuring a just energy transition, while maintaining or improving the competitiveness of European industry.
With this ambitious objective in mind, Slovenia as the member state holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU will start negotiations on the ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package.
On the basis of the renewed post-2020 EU Forest Strategy, Slovenia will intensify the debate on integrated forest management, emphasising the importance of sustainable forest management.
On biodiversity the Slovenian Presidency will support the process of adopting an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework in preparation for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), which will be held in Kunming, China. The aim of the conference is to set new global biodiversity targets and strengthen efforts in this area. Efforts at EU level will be concentrated on reducing biodiversity loss through measures to restore ecosystems and other measures under the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.
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