EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella will be in Bologna to participate in a Group of 7 (G7) Environment Ministers’ Meeting on 11-12 June, chaired by Italian Minister of Environment, Land and Sea Gian Luca Galletti.

Following President Donald Trump to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the meeting, taking place under the Italian presidency of the G7, will focus on implementation of the Paris accord, the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, resource efficiency, marine litter as well as financing sustainability to trigger investments for the clean and modern economy supporting jobs and growth.

Cañete will attend the sessions on June 11 and Vella will attend the sessions and the closing press conference on June 12.

Both Commissioners will conduct bilateral discussions in the margins with the participants from other G7 countries. The G7 comprises Canada (with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna), France (with Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition Nicolas Hulot), Germany (with Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Barbara Hendricks), Italy (with Galletti), Japan (with Minister of the Environment Koichi Yamamoto), the United Kingdom (with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Andrea Leadsom) and the United States (with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt). The European Commission represents the EU at this G7 meeting.