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10/03/2017 The Eastern Partnership Panel on Environment and Climate Change, Brussels, 2-3 March 2017

10/03/2017 The Eastern Partnership Panel on Environment and Climate Change, Brussels, 2-3 March 2017

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The Eastern Partnership Panel on Environment and Climate Change took place in Brussels, 2-3 march 2017. Back October 2016, The first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change took place in Luxembourg, resulting in the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration confirming the joint commitment to step up cooperation on environment and climate change, and promote sustainable development and the transition to a green and circular economy (the Luxembourg Declaration). The main objective of the Eastern Partnership Panel on Environment and Climate Change was to now draft an Action Plan to implement the provisions of the Luxembourg Declaration.

Seventy participants from the Eastern Partnership countries, EU member states, international organisations (including the ENI SEIS II East project on behalf of the European Environmental Agency), International Financial Institutions (IFIs), and civil society representatives took part in the meeting.

The Declaration reiterates "the need for good environmental data in line with SEIS principles” and further “efforts in improving and sharing environmental information in line with the principles of SEIS, in order to ensure transparency, accountability and support evidence-based decision-making”.

The action plan being now being developed will provide input for deliverables to the Eastern Partnership Summit to be convened in Brussels on 24 November 2017.