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President Of Hungary Urges European Union Member States To Ratify Paris Climate Agreement

Robert Velkey 2016.09.29.

The environment is still a very important topic for the President of Hungary as János Áder was deputy chairman of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety from January to May 2012.

Mr. János Áder has urged European Union member states that have yet to ratify the Paris climate accord to approve the agreement (L’accord de Paris) as soon as possible. Áder sent letters to the presidents of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia and the prime ministers of Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK in connection with the climate deal.


The Paris agreement will enter into force thirty days after at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified it. In his letter, Áder said that a total of sixty countries have approved the agreement up until September 21, including the US and China. But the other condition for the deal to enter into force has not yet been met, as the countries that have ratified the agreement do not yet make up 55% of global gas emissions. The accord still needs 7% more of the world’s emissions to enter into effect, Áder said.

He said it was the EU’s ambitious commitments that had made last year’s Paris climate summit a success, adding that the right thing for the EU to do now was to be a leader in implementing the agreement.