Paris agreement: Parliament approves EU ratification

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The European Parliament gave its approval to the final agreement reached at last year’s climate change conference in Paris – the first-ever universal and legally binding global climate deal. The EU’s ratification of the Paris agreement enabled it to enter into force, by fulfilling the second criterion of covering at least 55% of global emissions.

The Paris agreement sets out a global action plan to fight climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. It was agreed by 195 countries at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015. The agreement will enter into force on the 30th day after the date on which it has been ratified by 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions.

Thanks to the EU ratification, the agreement will enter into force in time for the COP 22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech on 7-18 November.

According to a special Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament, two thirds of people in the EU would like to see an even stronger EU commitment on environmental protection.  Climate change – perhaps the greatest environmental challenge of our time – remains a key focus for the European Parliament as it builds on EU landmark legislation and urges a forward-thinking climate policy at EU and international levels.

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