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moreThe state of the environment is to a large extent an indicator of the general state of a society. Constant care for the environment and a gradual improvement of the state of the environment are key priorities of the European Union. With a view to directing European environmental policies and strengthening the environmental aspect of sustainable development, the ministers of the environment of EU countries and the European Commissioner of the Environment meet four times per year at Environmental Council meetings. During Slovenia's Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2008, Environmental Councils will take place on 3 March in Brussels and on 5 June in Luxembourg.


Key Issues

Environmental issues concern many areas of animate and inanimate nature which are linked and co-dependent in various ways. During Slovenia's Presidency, special attention will be given to issues regarding the struggle against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity.




In April 2008, Slovenia will host an informal meeting of Environment Ministers. Other important meetings taking place during Slovenia's Presidency include:

  • Meeting of the heads of environment protection bodies

  • Meeting of the heads of water management bodies

  • Conference of the European Environment Agency

  • High-level meeting on territorial cohesion

  • Informal workshop on climate change

  • Conference on the management of large carnivores in Europe


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Date: 16.01.2008