European Council: Climate target

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On 15 October 2020, the European Council met and discussed the Corona crisis and the Brexit situation, as well as the Commission's Communication "More ambition for Europe's climate target for 2030", including the proposed target of reducing emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 and the measures needed to achieve this level of ambition.


Recalling its previous conclusions, the European Council considers that the updated target should be met jointly by the EU in the most costeffective way. All Member States will contribute to this effort, taking into account national circumstances and fairness and solidarity aspects.


The European Council invites the Council to take work on this agenda forward. It invites the Commission to engage in in-depth consultations with Member States to assess the specific situation and to provide more information on the impact at Member State level.


It has decided to return to this issue at its December meeting in order to agree a new emission reduction target for 2030.

Related link: Press release of the European Council.

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