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Council holds orientation debate on LULUCF

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On 11 June 2012, the Council held an orientation debate on Land Use, Land Change and Forestry (LULUCF). In this respect, Ministers welcomed the proposal from the European Commission and the phased approach suggested. Nevertheless, differing views were registered amongst the Member States regarding the timing and conditions for the formal inclusion of the sector in the EU’s greenhouse emission reduction commitment, and thus the Presidency concluded that this issue would require further discussion (see previous article). In relation to the European Parliament, rapporteur Kriton Arsenis’ (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Greece) draft report on the proposal for a decision on accounting rules and action plans on greenhouse gas emissions and removals resulting from activities related to LULUCF was released on 22 June 2012. Although the rapporteur welcomes the decision, he indicates that several areas require clarification and strengthening, including the General Accounting Rules and harvested wood products. The draft report is due to be voted in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee on 10 October 2012 and in Plenary on 15 January 2012.

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Council press release

Draft report