European Council Conclusions, 25-26 March 2010

Sectors : Transparency and accountability, Employment and Training, Labour migration, Science, research and technology general, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, Education capacity, Climate change financing, Mitigation and low carbon growth, Climate change technology and research, Energy
Date made: 
2010
Level: 
Heads Of State

Commitments

Commitments in: Governance - Transparency and accountability

“6. Efficient monitoring mechanisms are key for the successful implementation of the strategy:...

...h) Ensuring the quality, reliability and timeliness of statistical data provided by national statistical offices will be central in ensuring credible and effective monitoring. Rapid decision is required on the Commission's proposals in this field.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Employment and Training

“5. Our efforts need to be better focused in order to boost Europe's competitiveness, productivity, growth potential and economic convergence:...

...b) The European Council agreed on the following headline targets, which constitute shared objectives guiding the action of the Member States and of the Union:

- aiming to bring to 75% the employment rate for women and men aged 20-64, including through the greater participation of youth, older workers and low skilled workers and the better integration of legal migrants;...”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Technology - Science, research and technology general

“5...b) The European Council agreed on the following headline targets, which constitute shared objectives guiding the action of the Member States and of the Union:

- improving the conditions for research and development, in particular with the aim of bringing combined public and private investment levels in this sector to 3% of GDP; the Commission will elaborate an indicator reflecting R&D and innovation intensity;...”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Environment - Environmental degradation and natural resource management

“14. There is an urgent need to reverse continuing trends of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. The European Council is committed to the long term biodiversity 2050 vision and the 2020 target set out in the Council's conclusions of 15 March 2010.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Education - Education capacity

“5...b) The European Council agreed on the following headline targets, which constitute shared objectives guiding the action of the Member States and of the Union:

- improving education levels, in particular by aiming to reduce school drop-out rates and by increasing the share of the population having completed tertiary or equivalent education; taking into account the Commission's proposal, the European Council will set the numerical rates of these targets in June 2010;...”

 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change financing

“13. The EU is prepared to play its part in this process:

a) The EU and its Member States will implement their commitment to provide EUR 2.4 billion annually over the 2010-2012 period for fast-start financing, alongside contributions by other key players and in the framework of the implementation of the Copenhagen Accord. The swift implementation of this commitment will be crucial. To that end, the EU will initiate consultations on practical ways to implement fast start funding in specific areas. The EU and its Member States will present a preliminary state of play of their commitments at the May/June 2010 UNFCCC session and submit coordinated reports on implementation in Cancun and thereafter on an annual basis.

b) The EU and other developed countries have committed to jointly mobilise USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing countries fight climate change. Financial contributions in the longer term need to be seen in the context of meaningful and transparent actions to be taken by developing countries to mitigate climate change as well as the overall balance of the global effort to tackle climate change.

c) The European Council remains firmly committed to the UNFCCC process. It supports ongoing efforts to make it more effective. Given the short time available before Cancun, this process could usefully be complemented and supported by discussions in other settings and on specific issues.

d) The EU will strengthen its outreach to third countries. It will do so by addressing climate change at all regional and bilateral meetings, including at summit level, as well as other fora such as the G20. The Presidency and the Commission will engage in active consultations with other partners and rapidly report back to the Council....”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change technology and research

“13. The EU is prepared to play its part in this process:...

...e) Opportunities for cooperation, including with industrialised partners, need to be exploited in areas such as green technologies and norms and verification techniques. Common interests with emerging countries on issues which could create leverage in the climate change debate should be rapidly identified.”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Climate Change - Mitigation and low carbon growth

“5...b) The European Council agreed on the following headline targets, which constitute shared objectives guiding the action of the Member States and of the Union:

- reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels; increasing the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 20%; and moving towards a 20% increase in energy efficiency;

the EU is committed to take a decision to move to a 30% reduction by 2020 compared to 1990 levels as its conditional offer with a view to a global and comprehensive agreement for the period beyond 2012, provided that other developed countries commit themselves to comparable emission reductions and that developing countries contribute adequately according to their responsibilities and respective capabilities;”
 

Scope: 
International