July 14th, 2023
PR | Vivaldi adopts Zakia Khattabi's federal climate law
On this memorial day, two years after the dramatic flooding in our country due to extreme weather, the federal government approved Zakia Khattabi's law proposal that legally anchors the organization, expert advice for and financing of the federal climate policy. The text institutionalizes the new climate governance system. The text establishes a committee of independent experts to ensure its proper implementation and guarantees the more targeted and transparent use of the millions in…
July 6th, 2023
PR | Zakia Khattabi Affirms Urgency of Environmental Action at Conclusion of Landmark Budapest Conference
The Seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health has concluded with the groundbreaking "Declaration of Budapest", highlighting the vital linkage between health, biodiversity, and climate change. Minister of Environment, Zakia Khattabi, among other key participants, ratified this pivotal declaration.
June 23rd, 2023
PR | Belgium will no longer be exporting chemicals banned on European soil!
On Friday 23 June, the Council of Ministers approved the draft proposal "export ban" put forward by Federal Environment Minister Zakia Khattabi and Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke. The purpose of this Royal Decree is to ban the export of certain hazardous substances banned or strictly regulated on the European market from Belgium to non-EU countries. A measure against double standards that is firmly in line with the protection of health and environment and social justice.
June 14th, 2023
PR | Zakia Khattabi ensures Belgium plays pioneering role in protecting biodiversity in Antarctica
The 45th annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting was held from 28 May to 9 June. This time around, the signatory countries of the treaty agreed on a number of important decisions, including the creation of a Specially Protected Area (ASPA) near the Princess Elisabeth Station, at the initiative of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Zakia Khattabi. The meeting also reaffirmed the ban on the exploitation of natural resources provided for in the Madrid Protocol.
June 8th, 2023
PR | Palm oil in biofuels in the Belgian market drops to zero
An initial analysis of the 2023 registrations of biofuels released for consumption in the Belgian transport sector shows that palm oil consumption will drop to zero. "After years of growth in fuel consumption of palm oil, the phase out introduced by the minister of energy and myself appears to be well respected," notes Environment Minister Zakia Khattabi with satisfaction. "Belgium's palm oil consumption in diesel required palm oil plantations of more than 100,000…
June 2nd, 2023
PR | Belgium becomes the second European country to introduce a reparability index
On Friday 2nd June, the Council of Ministers adopted the draft bill tabled by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Zakia Khattabi, introducing a reparability index. This measure, which stems from the federal action plan for circular economy, is not only a major step forward in the fight against the premature end-of-life of certain objects, it also helps to preserve the natural resources needed to produce them.
March 20th, 2023
PR | Zakia Khattabi in Copenhagen in preparation of an ambitious COP28
On Monday, an international ministerial conference on climate change will be held in Copenhagen.The first conference since COP27, that took place last November at Sharm al-Sheikh, will be hosted for two days by the current and incoming Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties on Climate, namely Egypt and United Arab Emirates. Organized to assess COP27, the Belgian Federal Minister for Climate and Chief of Delegation, Zakia Khattabi, will attend both days of work with the firm intention of…
March 4th, 2023
PR | Zakia Khattabi provides the federal government with a climate adaptation policy
On Friday, 3 March 2023, the Council of Ministers took note of the final version of the federal adaptation measures 2023-2026 proposed by Federal Minister for Climate Zakia Khattabi. A coherent package of 28 measures that aims at a climate resilient society by 2050.
March 3rd, 2023
PR | Reducing biocides : Zakia Khattabi places Belgium among most ambitious European countries
Federal Environment Minister Zakia Khattabi presented her federal biocides reduction plan to the Council of Ministers today. The draft royal decree approved by the Vivaldi government is based on the precautionary principle and aims at a high level of protection of human, animal and environmental health, with particular attention to the protection of vulnerable groups.
March 3rd, 2023
PR | Belgium supports Vanuatu resolution on States' obligation to avoid climate damage
Led by ministers Zakia Khattabi and Hadja Lahbib, Belgium is officially co-sponsoring Vanuatu's UNGA resolution that will seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the obligations of states with regard to climate change . On this basis, the International Court of Justice will formulate an opinion on the legal implications for states, especially with regard to small island states and current and future generations, concerning the damage they are causing to the…