(04 October 2016) – With today’s European Parliament approval of the Paris Agreement ratification, the last hurdle is cleared. The political process for the European Union to ratify the Agreement is concluded.
So far, 62 parties, accounting for almost 52 % of global emissions have ratified the Paris Agreement. The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 parties, representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified.
The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
With today’s approval by the European Parliament, the Council can formally adopt the Decision.
In parallel the EU Member States will ratify the Paris Agreement individually, in accordance with their national parliamentary processes.