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Deal on the EU ratification of Paris Agreement

On 30 September 2016, the Council agreed to speed up the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement at EU level. Member states will ratify either together with the EU if they have completed their national procedures, or as soon as possible.

Once the European Parliament gives its green light, the Council will formally adopt a decision that will allow the ratification by the EU of the agreement.

The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the agreement.

Deal on the EU ratification of Paris Agreement

On 30 September 2016, the Council agreed to speed up the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement at EU level. Member states will ratify either together with the EU if they have completed their national procedures, or as soon as possible.

Once the European Parliament gives its green light, the Council will formally adopt a decision that will allow the ratification by the EU of the agreement.

The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the agreement.

The European Council

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

What is the Council?

The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership. 

In focus

Brussels conference to renew commitment to support Afghanistan

On 4-5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. More than 70 countries and 20 international organizations and agencies will participate.

The conference will allow the Afghan government to set out its vision and track record on reform. The international community is expected to signal sustained political and financial support to the country.

In focus

Brussels conference to renew commitment to support Afghanistan

On 4-5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. More than 70 countries and 20 international organizations and agencies will participate.

The conference will allow the Afghan government to set out its vision and track record on reform. The international community is expected to signal sustained political and financial support to the country.