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Environment minister praises European Green Deal


The strategy ensures a just transition to facilitate a green shift in the most vulnerable sectors and regions, including our mining regions, Zajc was quoted in Wednesday's press release distributed by the Environment Ministry.

He hopes that in the end the carbon tax on dirty goods outside the EU will be confirmed as well since "we cannot pretend ignorance that we are taking care of our planet when at the same time, we enable others to do our dirty work for us".

Attending the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, the minister said on Tuesday that the Paris Agreement implementation would require the cooperation of everyone.

Slovenia is part of a group of six small ambitious European countries striving for promoting environmental issues in international relations, Zajc said in Slovenia's nation statement, adding that the country contributed to the Green Climate Fund for the first time this year.

The new European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen presented the main points of the Green Deal in Brussels today. Its main goal is for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, with its key part being the EU Just Transition Fund.

The ministry strives for committing Slovenia to the 2050 target by implementing a climate law. Parliament is expected to discuss this potential step in spring.


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