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The Ministers for the Environment of the European Union (EU) met on 16 December 2015 in Brussels for a Council meeting chaired by Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment. The Ministers adopted conclusions on the mid-term review of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020. During the press conference after the Council meeting, Carole Dieschbourg welcomed the response given by the Ministers for the Environment to the petition launched by 500 000 citizens 'for ambitious biodiversity policies and against the watering down of the EU directives on nature'. The Ministers also adopted a general approach for the directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain pollutants (NEC Directive) by a large majority. The Minister for the Environment declared that 'after difficult discussions, we achieved a balanced compromise, which is supported by many Member States and is still ambitious', noting 'a step in the right direction'.
Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment, Carole Dieschbourg, spoke at the World Summit Climate & Territories held in Lyon on 1 and 2 July 2015, five months prior to the Paris 2015 climate change conference (COP21). In her first speaking engagement in the framework of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Minister stated that it will fall to Luxembourg to "stand with the Commission and defend the European position".