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European Union (EU) Ministers for the Environment met in Luxembourg on 26 October 2015 for a Council chaired by Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg's Minister for the Environment. They discussed the proposal to review the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS), the environmental dimension of the European Semester process, and studied the implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development adopted at the United Nations Summit in New York in September 2015. This point was the subject of a working lunch with Ministers in charge of Cooperation, in which the Luxembourg Minister responsible for this area, Romain Schneider, also participated. The Volkswagen Affair was also on the agenda.
The Minister for the Environnement, Carole Dieschbourg, called a press conference in Luxembourg on 16 October 2015 to take stock of the preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC), which will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
On October 7 2015, Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg Minister responsible for relations with the European Parliament during the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council, addressed, on behalf of the Council, the European Parliament in plenary session in Strasbourg, on the lessons learned from the 'red mud' disaster, five years after the accident took place in Hungary on 4 October 2010. He fielded a question together with a motion for a resolution tabled by a group of Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee MEPs (ENVI).