The EU has decided to accelerate the ratification of the Paris agreement. The rapid EU green light came in response to ratification completed in record time by China and the US in early September and the imminent completion of the procedure also by India.
EU Ministers have agreed to ratify the landmark Paris climate agreement at an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Friday, 30th of September. The Paris Agreement is considered 'mixed', in the sense that some elements are the responsibility of national governments and other of the EU. That is why it must be ratified by both the EU and the 28 member states.
The EU's president, Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Today, the EU's member states DECIDED to make history together and bring closer the entry into force of the first ever universally binding climate change agreement. We must and we can hand over to future generations a world That is more stable, a healthier planet, societies fairer and more prosperous economies.
The Paris pact to limit global warming to "well below 2C" will enter into force 30 days after 55 countries, accounting for 55% of the planet's emissions Their hand ratification papers to the offices of Ban Ki-Moon in New York.