Greens Call for Climate Protection

The Greens/EFA group are calling for support for refugees, climate protection and a permanent binding mechanism to uphold the rule of law in Europe.  Ska Keller MEP, President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, commented: “The current state of this Union is defined by our own failures; by the fact that EU governments let…

NextGenerationEU

The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis. The Facility will provide…

European Climate Law

Following a vote on Thursday in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) on Climate Law, the S&D Group stressed its “satisfaction for the important outcome achieved.”  The EU Parliament’s chief negotiator and committee on environment S&D coordinator, Jytte Guteland, commented: “This is a significant improvement of the Commission’s proposal and makes the European Climate Law fit for purpose….

EU’s ‘Green Deal’ must take into account health concerns over mineral wool

The European Commission’s ambitious European Green Deal aims to address the twin challenge of energy efficiency and affordability and states that the European Union and the member states should engage in a ‘Renovation Wave’ of public and private buildings. This policy enjoys broad support and the renovation wave has also become a key element of…

Time to change the way we do Business

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) points out that the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to change the way we do business, without moving away from the long-term objectives of a green, sustainable and social Europe. We need to change the way we do business in Europe and the world, but the EU’s long-term goals…

2021 Year of the Rail

Rail should play a prominent role in the EU’s future mobility and become the primary form of transport. For this reason, the EESC is pleased to support the European Commission in proposing to mark 2021 as the Year of Rail. In the opinion approved at the July plenary session and drafted by Alberto Mazzola, the Committee…

2021 EU Budget Priorities

The 2021 budget priorities should be to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and support the recovery, building on the Green Deal and digital transformation. In the resolution by rapporteur Pierre Larrouturou (S&D, FR), adopted by the Committee on Budgets, MEPs emphasised that “the Union and all of its Member States must show full…

Financing the New Green Deal

Nine NGOs sent an open letter to Werner Hoyer, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), calling for its new role in the European economic recovery to be consistent with its climate commitments and play a key role in financing the European Green Deal. The EIB plans to spend €40 billion to support especially small and…

Europe’s Recovery Plan

Last week on 23 April, EU heads of state and government met via video conference to address the development of economic measures to recover from the coronavirus crisis. However, instead of proposing ambitious measures, in particular coronabonds, a mutualised debt instrument, EU Leaders decided not to decide. The European Commission is instead tasked with the…

EESC Argues for Sustainable Growth

Future economic policy must be in line with the European Green Deal, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).  The Committee urges EU Member States to make sustainable economic growth the top priority for European and national economic policies in 2020 and beyond and recommends complementing the current accommodative monetary policy of the European…