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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20573: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 12 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to take any steps to encourage the European Council to support the European Commission’s proposals for a climate-neutral EU by 2050 at the European Council meeting in May 2019.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 8 January 2019

The Scottish Government welcomes the European Commission’s proposals for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050. We contributed to the consultation on this strategy, sharing our experience and urging the EU to maintain its leadership.

Scottish Ministers regularly attend Environment Council to showcase Scotland’s climate policies and push for more ambitious action. Most recently, the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment attended December’s Council where Ministers from Member States had a first exchange of views on the strategy. We will continue to take a proactive and positive approach to collaboration with our EU partners following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

We also make representations to the UK Government to include Scotland’s climate policies and level of ambition in its discussions with the EU and actively share our experience of developing climate policies and plans.

We now look forward to the strategic long-term vision set out by the Commission being translated into legally binding emissions reduction targets and credible policies to deliver on these. One of the first steps in this process will be a strong commitment from European leaders at the informal European Council in Sibiu in May 2019.