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COP 26 in Glasgow

Event date: 22/09/2021

COP 26 in Glasgow

The 2021 UN climate change conference (COP26) took place from 1 to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow. The EU and its Member States took part as Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC brought together governments from around the world to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The conference was also a space for governments, businesses, local authorities and civil society to discuss and showcase climate action. The COP26 was the first stocktaking of the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

After two weeks of negotiations, the Glasgow Climate Pact was adopted on Saturday 13 November.

Parliament has been pushing for more ambitious EU climate legislation, and declared a climate emergency on 28 November 2019. In June 2021, the European Climate Law was adopted by Parliament. It transforms the European Green Deal’s political commitment to EU climate neutrality by 2050 into a binding obligation for the EU and its member states. It also increases the EU’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 40% to at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels. In July 2021, the Commission presented the “Fit for 55 in 2030” package to enable the EU to reach the more ambitious 2030-target.

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During the plenary session (22-25 November 2021) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and following the deal reached in Glasgow, MEPs will debate the outcome of the negotiations with European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen.

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Frans TIMMERMANS, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the European Green Deal, and Commissioner for Climate Action Policy, gives a joint press conference

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A delegation from Parliament led by Pascal CANFIN (Renew, FR) is in Glasgow from 8-13 November. Parliament pushes for accelerated climate action worldwide and for the EU to remain a world leader in fighting climate change.

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During the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs discuss the fight against climate change ahead of COP26 in Glasgow

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MEPs in the EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety vote in Brussels on their input for the EU position at COP26 in Glasgow.

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