CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

Duncan Welcomes EU Commitment to Ratify Paris Climate Deal

Conservative Energy and Climate Change spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament endorsing EU ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

04.10.2016.

Conservative Energy and Climate Change spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament endorsing EU ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. 

The vote follows a decision by EU ministers on 30th September to fast-track EU ratification of the Agreement.  The decision permits the European Commission to deposit its ratification instrument with the UN, pending Member State ratification as soon as possible afterwards.

There had been fears the EU would lose its leadership role in climate change after the US, China and India all agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement ahead of the EU.  The Agreement comes into force when 55 per cent of countries representing 55 per cent of global emissions deposit their ratification instruments with the UN. With the EU's commitment to ratify the Agreement today, these thresholds have now been met.

It is now up to every Member State to ratify the deal individually.  In some EU countries, such as Belgium, this means putting the matter to a vote in several parliaments.  The deal reached in the Council and endorsed today by Parliament commits all EU member states to ratify the Agreement as soon as possible.

Speaking after today's European Parliament vote Mr Duncan said: “Doubts have been cast about the EU’s ability to ratify the Paris Agreement on time ever since the deal was struck in Paris last December.  I am pleased to see that The European Commission and the Council have finally committed to action.

"The EU was pivotal in negotiating the Paris Agreement and it would be embarrassing should the Agreement become international law without the signatures of EU Member States.  It is now up to each Member State to make good on their pledge to put the Paris Agreement through their respective national parliaments as soon as possible, and I am glad that the Prime Minister Theresa May has gone on record stating the UK will ratify the deal imminently.”

 

 

Notes

The European Parliament today backed the Council deal by 610 votes to 38.