The Council adopted conclusions on the position to be taken by the European Union at the next session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) which will take place in New York from 4 to 15 May 2015.
For the President of the Council, Minister Duklavs : "With these conclusions the Council reaffirms its strong commitment to forests and their sustainable management and for an agreement on post 2015 development goals on this issue".
Other items adopted
The Council approved new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. It adopted a regulation aimed at stimulating investment by creating a new form of fund vehicle, European long-term investment funds, or "ELTIFs". It also adopted a regulation capping interchange fees for payments made with debit and credit cards.
The Council also adopted changes to the directive on the weights and dimensions of lorries and buses. The new rules will improve road safety and fuel efficiency.