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On 28 September 2015, Luxembourg's Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira, was invited by the Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ENVE) Commission of the Committee of the Regions to take part in a round table dedicated to the "fitness check" of the "Habitat" and "Wild Birds" Directives made by the European Commission as part of the "Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme" (REFIT). This round table was organised while the Committee of the Regions is drawing up an opinion on the quality assessment of these two directives, for which Roby Biwer is the rapporteur. For Camille Gira, a challenge to the directives within the framework of the REFIT programme would send a "devastating political message" and be a "sign of surrender".
The Council adopted the decision on the creation of a market stability reserve (MSR) for the EU greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (EU ETS). This new reserve aims at tackling structural supply-demand imbalances in the EU ETS.
The EU's Environment Ministers adopted conclusions at a Council which took place September 18, 2015 in Brussels on the EU's mandate for the UN Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris at the end of the year. The mandate stresses the importance of an " ambitious and durable legally binding agreement in Paris" applicable " to all Parties ". The text calls for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 and to achieve zero emissions by 2100. The Council reached an agreement on a " strong, ambitious and responsible " European mandate that will allow the European Union (EU) to " show leadership " and to " facilitate a global agreement that is acceptable to all ", said Carole Dieschbourg, the Luxembourg Minister who chaired the Council.
On 17 and 18 September 2015, the 14th European Tourism Forum was held in Luxembourg, an event organised by the European Commission in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For the 2015 edition of the European Tourism Forum, the speakers chose to focus on the important issues the tourism sector is facing today: digitalisation, promoting Europe through transnational and pan-European thematic products, skills and training and also streamlining the regulatory and administrative framework. Francine Closener, Secretary of State for Economy, delivered the welcoming remarks of the forum "intended to shape the future of European tourism".
Carole Dieschbourg, president of the Council of Ministers for the Environment, is due to be received by Pope Francis on 16 September 2015. The Minister will lead an official delegation of around twenty environment ministers. As part of her role as the head of this delegation, she will deliver a common message to the head of the Catholic Church. The meeting with Pope Francis takes place within the context of preparations for the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), which will be organised in Paris in December.
Carole Dieschbourg, current President of the Council of Ministers for the Environment, was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 16, 2015. The Minister headed an official delegation of around twenty EU Ministers of the Environment and in that capacity conveyed a common message for the head of the Catholic Church. During the audience, the delegates discussed Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment ("Laudato Si’"), the challenges of the Climate Conference and the Special Summit on Sustainable Development which will be held in New York at the end of September.
On 16 September 2015, the Luxembourg Minister responsible for representing the Luxembourg Presidency at the European Parliament, Nicolas Schmit, spoke before the Plenary Session of the Parliament. He pronounced a Council declaration on the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, which will be held in New York between 25 and 27 September, and on development-related aspects of the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21).
Nicolas Schmit, the Minister in charge of relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, has welcomed the "important" contributions and initiatives put forward by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his speech on the state of the Union before the European Parliament which met in plenary session on 9 September 2015. "It is time for courageous, innovative and exceptional action to be taken", declared Nicolas Schmit, speaking at the end of the debate which followed Jean-Claude Juncker's speech. In his address, Jean-Claude Juncker called, in particular, on the 28 EU Member States to reach an agreement on the Commission's proposal on the urgent relocation of 160,000 refugees during the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council (JHA) convened by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU for 14 September 2015.