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EU Parliament votes to ratify the Paris Agreement

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The European Parliament today voted to ratify the Paris Agreement (610 for / 31 abstain / 38 against).

Once this is confirmed by EU Ministers who meet tomorrow morning (5th), the EU is set to deposit it’s instruments of ratification on Friday (7th). The EU’s ratification is likely to tip the 55% requirement for the Paris Agreement to come into force.

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Nick Mabey, Chief Executive of E3G said:

“Today Europe's long-term investment in climate politics gets its reward. It is fitting that EU ratification will bring the Paris Agreement into force, as the EU has done more than anyone to build political support for truly global climate action.

Tomorrow Europe must turn to implementation, unite its citizens and build its economy within a secure low carbon society. The hard work starts now and so do the opportunities.”

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Nick is available for commentary (Except 2-3 CET/1-2 BST) – please contact him directly +44 (zero) 7949 768 77one, nick.mabey@e3g.org

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Notes to Editors

  • Climate diplomacy is at the core of E3G's work, we built high trust networks and facilitated multilateral coordination towards COP21 in Paris.
  • E3G is an independent global think tank, working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. E3G specializes in climate diplomacy, climate risk, energy policy and climate finance.
  • In 2016, E3G was ranked the number one environmental think tank in the UK by the Go To Think Tank Index, second in Europe and sixth in the World.

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