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Amber Rudd - Department for Energy and Climate Change

I attended the EU Environment Council in Brussels on 18 September. Dr Aileen McLeod, Scottish Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform also attended.

Following the final formal agreement on the Market Stability Reserve for the EU Emissions Trading System (which was an A item and therefore took place without the need for discussion), Ministers adopted Conclusions on Preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These were agreed relatively swiftly following effective chairing from the Luxembourg Presidency.

Ministers discussion focussed on the issues of a Long Term Goal for global decarbonisation, a mechanism of five-yearly reviews for increasing the ambition of the agreement over time and climate finance. Some MS sought more ambitious language regarding these issues; however, others called for the conclusions to reflect domestic pressures on various delegations.

Following a complete table round, the Presidency tabled a compromise text, which successfully balanced the concerns of all MS.

On adoption of the Conclusions, the Commission tabled a declaration questioning the legal accuracy of a reference in the Conclusions to the Councils intention for Member States to jointly fulfil the at least 40% target for emissions reductions and claiming that the Union has exclusive competence to undertake international obligations regarding climate mitigation. Some MS, including the UK, noted that they would table counter statements disagreeing with the Commissions view of the legal situation, and have subsequently done so.

Over lunch, Ministers had a further discussion on tactics and preparations for COP21, including on communications.

Sajid Javid - Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Together with my Rt hon Friend, the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Rt hon John Whittingdale). I am today announcing that Professor Michael Waterson, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, has been appointed to Chair an independent, consultative and evidence based review of consumer protection measures in the online ticket resale market. As required by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, this independently chaired review on secondary ticketing will report its findings before 26 May 2016.

The terms of reference of the review and a call for evidence will be available on the website and will be placed in the libraries of the House. Professor Waterson will consider the evidence and consult the broad spectrum of views on secondary ticketing, including from event organisers, primary ticket sellers, the online resale industry, enforcement authorities and consumers as both sellers and purchasers of tickets. I am sure that parliamentarians will be interested in the progress of the review.


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