Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

First sign EU is preparing to backslide on Paris Agreement

Barry Gardiner, shadow minister for climate change, said in response to EU foreign ministers' summit on climate diplomacy today:

"Today's summit of European foreign ministers is the first sign that rich countries are already preparing to backslide on the Paris Agreement.

They recognised climate change as an urgent security threat, but agreed that it must be other countries that raise ambition. At the same time the EU is delaying a discussion on increasing its own targets.

In Paris, countries agreed to move forward not to stand still.

We cannot address migration, conflict and economic instability, without meaningful action on climate change.

The UK must keep climate high on the EU agenda. We need to agree a strong 5th carbon budget at home. And the EU must go beyond its cautious 2030 targets." 
Notes to Editors
1. Barry Gardiner is Labour MP for Brent North and a shadow minister for energy and climate change.
2. The EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted council conclusions on EU climate diplomacy after the Paris climate conference (COP21) in Brussels on 15 February 2016: 
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