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In accordance with the 2018 Governance Regulation, Member States must prepare and submit to the European Commission their national long-term strategy (LTS) before 1 January 2019. The Governance Regulation does not clearly provide how the public participation must be carried out by the Member States. As LTSs are a crucial tool to ensure that Member States will deliver on their Paris Agreement pledges, we consider that meaningful public engagement in the national LTSs is required by law and is necessary to achieve our climate goals.