EU environment ministers meet on eco-innovation, climate change

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-13 19:41:39|Editor: Song Lifang
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TALLINN, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Environment ministers of European Union (EU) member states met here Thursday to put focus on eco-innovation as a key enabler for the circular economy.

On the first day of the two-day informal ministerial meeting, the ministers and delegates explored eco-innovation topics such as transparency and sustainable financing for smart cities in a breakout session.

Simon Upton, environment director at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Karmenu Vella, European commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, are among the attendants.

The second day of the discussion will focus on climate change, specifically on the expectations, opportunities and potential challenges related to the promotion of the transformative vision and goals of the Paris Agreement in collaboration with non-state actors.

Since Estonia took up the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1, over 260 events have been arranged in the country, with up to 30,000 delegates attending, according to the organizers.

During its first-ever presidency, Estonia aims to aid the building of a Europe with an open and innovative economy, keep Europe secure, promote digital solutions and free movement of data, and ensure that the activity of the EU is inclusive and sustainable.