The European Parliament approves the Paris Climate Agreement
The European Parliament gave green light today, with an overwhelming majority of 610 members voting in favor, to the ratification by its 28 Member States of the Paris Climate Agreement, thereby paving the way for the entry into force of the landmark agreement. The ratification instrument of the EU should be deposited by the end of the week, after approval by the Council of Ministers.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, was present in the European Parliament for the vote and saluted the action by the European Parliament, as it will allow to reach the required threshold for entry into force of at least 55 parties accounting for at least 55% of global emissions within the next days. Current ratification indeed stands at a little less than 52% and the EU decision opens the way to taking into account ratifications by individual EU Member States. The seven Member States that have already ratified cover 4.57% of global emissions, which is thus enough to meet and exceed the 55% requirement.