COP21: parliamentary delegation attends climate change summit
Officials from nearly 200 countries have been meeting in Paris since late November to negotiate a new climate change agreement for after 2020. This week a delegation of 15 MEPs also takes part in the COP21 conference. Members are participating in background talks with NGOs and delegations from across the world, while the EU commissioner for climate action Miguel Arias Cañete will brief them on the progress of the talks on a daily basis. Live updates from Paris are available on our Storify page.
As world leaders gather in Paris to hammer out a global agreement to fight climate change, a delegation of 15 MEPs heads to the COP21 talks this week to help obtain a successful result. The MEPs present include Irish EPP member Seán Kelly, committee on industry, research and energy, Italian ECR member Giovanni La Via, chair of the environment committee, and German S&D member Matthias Groote, vice-chair of the delegation.
The Parliament says that the agreement reached must be legally binding and ambitious from the outset, with five-year commitment periods. In a resolution voted on in October MEPs also proposed that a share of revenues from the EU carbon market allowances should be earmarked for climate finance, and that aviation and shipping sectors should initiate measures to curb their emissions.
Live updates with quotes, photos and videos from Paris can be found on our Storify page. More photos from the delegation’s activities at COP21 are also available on Parliament's Flickr and Instagram pages, with daily updates on Facebook too. You can also add "europarl" on Snapchat to find more live pictures and videos, while all tweets on EU activities at COP21 can be found with the hashtag #United4Climate.