Council “unable to identify” basis for Polish roadmap vetoes
Brussels - Replying to a WWF application under access-to-document law, the EU Council of Ministers (General Affairs) has today formally confirmed that it is “unable to identify” any written basis for agreeing Council conclusions.WWF strongly criticises this legal void, which has led to three vetoes by Poland over new EU policies between June 2011 and June 2012. Further development of 2050 low-carbon economy and energy roadmaps has thus been held-up, and elsewhere the EU position in UN negotiations has been watered down.
“Citizens deserve to know why the Council has silenced itself on the fight against climate change”, said Jason Anderson, Head of Climate & Energy at WWF’s European Policy Office. “The arctic ice sheet now appears to be melting faster than our politicians can make crucial decisions. It’s not acceptable that ministers work outside the treaty and rules-based system that ought to be the basis of European progress.”
In today’s decision, ministers told WWF that “after a thorough enquiry” the Council “is unable to identify” a document describing the basis on which it adopts conclusions. (Link to the WWF application and the Council reply in the public register.)
However, in contrast, the EU treaties state that the Council “shall act by a qualified majority” both for general measures (Article 16 TEU) and in particular “throughout the procedure” when entering into new international agreements such as those under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (Article 218 TFEU).
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