Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, was in Brussels on October 6 and 7. With just two months to go before the Copenhagen Summit, the Minister’s visit was a chance for her to present Québec’s positions on climate change and emphasize the role of federated states and regions in implementing the decisions that will be made in Copenhagen. “It’s a prerequisite for achieving the objectives,” she said. Indeed, federated states and regions can help meet greenhouse gas reduction targets through legislation and regulations, and in exercising the powers within their jurisdiction.
The Minister also spoke about the upcoming summit of leaders of federated states and regions active in the field of the environment, to be held on December 15 in Copenhagen. The first Climate Leaders Summit, attended by heads of federated states, was held in Montréal during the 2005 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Minister Beauchamp met with a number of political figures during her visit, including Philippe Henry, Wallonia’s Minister of the Environment, Territorial Planning, Mobility, Transportation and Decommissioned Sites, Paul Magnette, Belgium’s Minister of Climate and Energy, and Luc Van den Brande, President of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions. Beauchamp also spoke to representatives of The Climate Group and European non-governmental organizations, and the Programme Director for EU Climate Policies of the European Climate Foundation. She was interviewed by Europolitique and La Libre Belgique.