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The EU Agrees to Agree On Climate!

March 22, 2016

By Paul Homewood

 

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The European Council summit meeting last Friday devoted most attention to the migration crisis.

However, they were also meant to discuss climate and energy policy. Below is the official conclusion from the summit. It embodies all of the fudge that we are so used to seeing in EU affairs, contains all sorts of phrases that keep everybody on board, yet ends up being a totally meaningless statement:

 

III. CLIMATE AND ENERGY

16. The European Council welcomes the submission by the Commission of the package on energy security as well as of the Communication "Road from Paris". It encourages the legislators to proceed with work on the proposals to reinforce the EU energy security as a matter of priority on the basis of its previous conclusions and the relevant strategies endorsed by the European Council. It also recalled the importance of a fully-functioning and interconnected energy market. Based on the Climate Communication, it underlines the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions domestically and to increase the share of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency as agreed by the European Council in October 2014. Adapting the legislation in order to implement this framework remains a priority. The European Council invites the Commission to rapidly present all the remaining relevant proposals to this end so as to swiftly engage the legislative process. The European Council looks forward to the signature of the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April and underlines the need for the European Union and its Member States to be able to ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible and on time so as to be Parties as of its entry into force.

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18-european-council-conclusions/

 

 

Translation – Poland won’t agree to any action beyond what they have already agreed.

Given that the Paris Agreement commits the EU to cut GHG by 40% by 2030 on a “joint basis”, and that some countries, such as the UK, will be cutting by much more, countries like Poland will be able to get away with much smaller reductions.

Meanwhile, nobody other than Britain, and maybe Germany, seems keen on going further.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Bloke down the pub permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:06 pm

    Meanwhile, from Brussels, comes news of the real dangers facing the EU.

  2. John Palmer permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:09 pm

    It fair makes you lose the will to live. Why use one simple word or phrase when a dozen long, meaningless ones will do?

  3. dangeroosdave permalink
    March 22, 2016 7:58 pm

    I wouldn’t say it was totally meaningless, since by working so diligently they are able to collect a proportionate share of Obama’s 500M payment to his climate soldiers….pass me another escargot, Pierre….🙂

  4. March 22, 2016 8:15 pm

    The European Council is the set of heads of state and is usually the saner wing of the EU.

    Beware the European Commission, which funds NGOs like WWF to represent “civil society”, i.e you and me, and is in a constant battle for supremacy within the EU, and has a bunch of highly paid patsies (MEPs) within the European Parliament to force laws on member states through the back door.

    http://www.wwf.eu/

    But note the discomfort of the poor lambs (in their comfortable Brussels offices) at WWF with the sane wing of the EC which is trying to maintain gas supply to Europe.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    March 22, 2016 8:21 pm

    It also recalled the importance of a fully-functioning and interconnected energy market.

    The funny thing about writing is that if the reader does not take away the meaning intended, it is the author’s fault.
    Case in point, recalled can be taken to mean “to remember, recollect” or “to be reminiscent of.”
    The quote above says to me: Once there was a fully-functioning and interconnected energy market, and the production of the necessary energy (electricity) to make it all work. There no longer is, so we recall it fondly.
    Since first reading, now I don’t think that is the intended meaning.

  6. March 22, 2016 9:15 pm

    UK and Germany, both mainly Protestant countries, may not object as much to committing economic suicide over AGW. Noble sacrifice, and all that. The Poles, being staunchly Catholic, obviously do object.

    More seriously, the EU is looking more and more like a failed project. Euro monetary union without fiscal union (Greece debt mess just one diagnostic symptom). Schengen without nonSchengen border controls. ‘Laws’ from unelected Brussels bureaucrats. Massive foreign culture refugee intake without any ‘melting pot’ tradition as in the US. Not that the US is doing a good job of ‘melting’ Islam/Muslim culture either. The EU failure to catch VW cheating on diesel emissions is symptomatic of much larger structural EU failures. Not likely to end well. Spoken sadly by someone whose german is fluent, whose second ‘country’ is Bavaria, and whose grandparent were Ellis Island immigrants from Slovakia and the Sudetenland.

  7. Gamecock permalink
    March 22, 2016 9:40 pm

    ‘energy security’

    Yeah, yeah. And ‘war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.’

  8. March 23, 2016 1:06 am

    tip:

    The Growing Season in the UK is one month longer!!!

    An infomercial brought to you by UKMO-GMG partnership

  9. dennisambler permalink
    March 23, 2016 9:16 am

    It is interesting that in the header we have both the “European Council” and the “Council of the European Union” implying one body, but they are not the same.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Council
    “The European Council is the Institution of the European Union (EU) that comprises the heads of state or government of the member states, along with the council’s own president and the president of the Commission. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also takes part in its meetings.[1] Established as an informal summit in 1975, the council was formalised as an Institution in 2009 upon the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. The current president of the European Council is Donald Tusk.

    While the European Council has no formal legislative power, it is a strategic (and crisis-solving) body that provides the union with general political directions and priorities, and acts as a collective presidency. The European Commission remains the sole initiator of legislation, but the European Council is able to provide an impetus to guide legislative policy.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_the_European_Union
    “Not to be confused with European Council or Council of Europe.

    The Council of the European Union (often still referred to as the Council of Ministers, or sometimes just called the Council (Latin: Consilium)) is the third of the seven institutions of the European Union (EU) as listed in the Treaty on European Union.[1] It is part of the essentially bicameral EU legislature (the other legislative body being the European Parliament) and represents the executive governments of the EU’s member states.[2] It is based in the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, Belgium.

    Its decisions are made by qualified majority voting in most areas, unanimity in others. Usually where it operates unanimously, it only needs to consult the Parliament. However, in most areas the ordinary legislative procedure applies meaning both Council and Parliament share legislative and budgetary powers equally, meaning both have to agree for a proposal to pass. In a few limited areas the Council may initiate new EU law itself.[3]

    The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, also known as Council Secretariat, assists the Council of the European Union, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Council and the President of the European Council. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union. The Secretariat is divided into seven directorates-general, each administered by a director-general.”

    All these different Councils are clearly designed to confuse. The cost of all this bureaucracy is never properly identified.

    • Ex-expat Colin permalink
      March 23, 2016 11:27 am

      Would any of it be in the accounts that have not been signed off for far too many years?

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