The EU institutions this week reached a provisional agreement on the European Climate Law which enshrines the EU's commitment to reaching climate neutrality by 2050 and to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
Executive vice-president Frans Timmermans said: "This is a landmark moment for the EU. We have reached an ambitious agreement to write our climate neutrality target into binding legislation, as a guide to our policies for the next 30 years.
"The Climate Law will shape the EU's green recovery and ensure a socially just green transition. Today's agreement also reinforces our global position as a leader in tackling the climate crisis.
"When world leaders gather on Earth Day, the EU will come to the table with this positive news, which we hope will inspire our international partners. This is a good day for our people and our planet."
In addition to the 2050 climate neutrality target, the deal strengthens the European framework for climate action by introducing the following elements: