The EU is discussing climate policy until 2050, the results will be announced on 21 March.

The Heads of State and Government will speak on the preparation of the strategy at the European Council on 21-22 March. On these days, it will be clear what at the political level stems from the debates to date and which demands raised by ministers will be taken into account in further work on the strategy.

At the end of last year, Member States submitted draft versions of their National Integrated Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) to Brussels. The same applies to the national strategies up to 2050, the preparation and submission of which is also required by the Energy Union Regulation by 1 January 2020.

In addition to this year’s plans, it includes agreeing on a multiannual financial framework for the period 2021-27 and preparing a climate and energy strategy for 2050, which the EU will submit to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in accordance with Article 4. 19 of the Paris Agreement. The last document is the overarching one, and ministers will focus on the next councils.