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European Commission funds Ozone Secretariat activities related to HFCs

Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili (right) and the EU's Head of Delegation Philip Owen sign the agreement. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

The funding will allow:

  • The preparation of briefing papers to enable Parties to hold informed discussions on any decisions they make on HFCs. 
  • Developing country (Article 5) Parties' participation in Montreal Protocol meetings. 
  • 2017 communication campaign to raise awareness on HFC issues as well as for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.

From the start, the European Union has promoted an HFC amendment of the Montreal Protocol. With this funding the European Commission continues its support towards efforts to phase down HFCs, which will contribute to mitigating climate change.

Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, Tina Birmpili, stated that "this contribution to the Secretariat facilitates important work on HFCs. It also demonstrates a sincere commitment by the European Commission to ensure a transparent and inclusive process."