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new f2Final Environment meeting to tackle ILUC, climate change and post-2015 development goals

President of the Environment Council and Ireland’s Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D., will chair the meeting of the European Union Council (Environment) in Luxembourg tomorrow, during which European Union Ministers for the Environment will discuss a range of important issues.

The Council will take note of a progress report on a draft directive on indirect land-use change amending the fuel quality and renewable energy directives, the aim of which is to minimise the impact of indirect changes of land use on greenhouse gas emissions.

In the follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the Council will also hold an exchange of views on the links between the report of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda and the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will also endorse draft conclusions on the overarching post-2015 agenda, which will be adopted by the General Affairs Council on 25 June.

The Council is due to adopt conclusions on the Commission communication "An European Union strategy on adaptation to climate change".  Minister Hogan said “this is an important milestone for taking the European Union's preparedness for current and future climate impacts to a new level and is an important pillar in the on-going evolution of European Union climate policy.”

Finally, over lunch, ministers will hold a discussion on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.