Croatia targets biodiversity crisis for EU presidency

The Croatian government has said it will emphasise tackling the biodiversity crisis and air and water pollution during its six-month presidency of the EU Council which began at the beginning of the new year.

Setting out its priorities for the country’s stint setting the agenda of the Council, which alongside the European Parliament forms the EU’s legislature, the presidency said “further efforts are needed” to achieve a sustainable and climate-neutral Europe.

Croatian officials would begin discussions on the main initiatives of the European Commission’s green deal, they said, and continue the debate on achieving climate neutrality by 2050. “Special emphasis will be placed on air quality, sustainable water management and protecting the sea,” the presidency said. 

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