Credit: Claude Turmes

Luxembourg Energy Minister Claude Turmes will participate in the upcoming Energy Council on the morning of 4 March 2019 in Brussels.

The Council's agenda will include, among other things, a policy debate on the long-term strategic vision for a climate-neutral economy ("A clean planet for all") in which the Minister will defend a 100% renewable energy scenario by 2050.

The Council will also aim to reach a general approach on the proposed regulation on tyre labeling. The proposal aims to provide consumers with more information on the fuel efficiency, safety and noise of tires before they buy them, thereby helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise traffic and make European roads safer.

The following day, Luxembourg Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development Carole Dieschbourg will participate in the Environment Council in Brussels. The Council's agenda will similarly include, among other things, an orientation debate on the long-term strategic vision for a climate-neutral economy. The Water Quality Directive (recast), also known as the Drinking Water Directive, will then be reviewed.

At an informal lunch, environment ministers will discuss the Global Environment Pact. In the afternoon, ministers will hold an exchange of views on the European Semester, a unique opportunity to integrate environmental concerns into major economic and investment policies. The Council will also hold a policy debate on the Commission communication on the EU framework on endocrine disruptors.

Under "Other", the Commission will provide information on a new legislative proposal on a global system for collecting fuel oil consumption data in the field of maritime transport and on improving the implementation of the phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons in the EU.