This year’s UN climate conference in Katowice 3-14 December will be a key moment for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Three years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the EU hopes that all Parties in Katowice will show the commitment and determination necessary to secure an ambitious and comprehensive work programme that covers all key areas including transparency, finance, mitigation and adaptation.

This will enable and encourage climate action at all levels and demonstrate global commitment.

The EU will be represented at the COP24 climate negotiations by the chief climate negotiator Miguel Arias Cañete and Elisabeth Köstinger, Minister for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria, which currently holds the EU Council Presidency.

COP24 will bring together Heads of State and Government in a Leaders’ Segment where the Commission will be represented by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for the Energy Union. He will also participate at the Global Climate Action Agenda focused on non-state actors’ commitments.

Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc will open the event ‘Urban Mobility Solutions to Tackle Climate Change’at Transport Day 2018.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will attend an event “The global reach of Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.”

The Commission last week presented a long-term strategic vision for the modernisation of the European industry and economy aiming to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. The Commission will present the strategy to the global partners at COP24, and looks forward to kick-starting an EU-wide debate on its long-term strategy and submit it to the UNFCCC by 2020.