The European Parliament declared a climate emergency on 28th November 2019. Europe urgently needs a new sustainable economic model, which combines social and ecological progress, improves the well-being of people and leaves no one behind. This model must reflect the objectives of the Paris Agreement and of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our European Green Deal will put Europe on the path of long-term, sustainable growth and prosperity. It will ensure that our environmental policies plant inclusive seeds for social and economic change,  by decreasing social inequalities, reducing imbalances between bigger and smaller Member States, getting rid of geographical disparities as well as disparities between women and men and between generations.  

Our European Green Deal will see new education programmes, training, re-skilling and upskilling programmes bloom. Public awareness and citizens' involvement in climate action will grow and will plant new progressive social and employment policies aiming for climate neutrality.

An additional €260 billion annually: that is the number necessary in order to boost green investments

This is not the time for business-as-usual policies. We have no time to waste. Our house is burning! Here is the action our group wants to see the EU taking:

  • Present a European Climate Law with a legally binding goal for reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, with an intermediate target of at least 55% for 2030;
  • Reform the EU Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy into important climate and sustainability tools, making them fully compatible with the renewed climate and environment ambitions;
  • Introduce a zero-pollution strategy of air and water quality;
  • Adopt a European Climate Pact brings together citizens, regions, local communities, civil society, trade unions and industry as actors of the movement towards climate neutrality, based on genuine dialogue and participatory processes;
  • Commit to Just Transition with robust financial means to ensure that ecological and social progress go hand in hand, with the involvement of all communities and workers;
  • Commit to the adequate financing of the European Green Deal with significant levels of additional public and private investment and with the help of new resources;
  • Propose partnerships with third countries and neighbouring continents with whom the EU can work on major projects that can help make progress towards carbon neutrality;
  • Adopt implementation measures for the European Pillar of Social Rights in order to create a Europe with social cohesion, where we compete with knowledge, innovation, like green technology and not with low wages and precarious working conditions; it must include measures addressing energy poverty and an ambitious EU housing policy supporting citizens.

YOU CAN READ ALL OUR PROPOSALS IN OUR LETTER TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION HERE

 

 

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MEPs involved

GARCÍA PÉREZ Iratxe

President
S&D Group Bureau, president
Spain

DALLI Miriam

Vice-president
S&D Group Bureau, a Green New Deal and vice-president for communication
ENVI / TRAN / AGRI / PECH / ITRE (energy related issues)
Malta

BORZAN Biljana

Vice-president
S&D Group Bureau, a new economy that works for all
ECON / IMCO/ INTA
Croatia

FRITZON Heléne

Vice-president
S&D Group Bureau, a new social Europe of equality, cohesion, and strong rights
EMPL / FEMM / ENVI (health related issues) / Relations with Trade Unions
Sweden

ANDRIEU Eric

Vice-president
S&D Group Bureau, financing a better, fairer Europe and coordinating MFF
BUDG / CONT
France

ERTUG Ismail

Vice-president
S&D Group Bureau, transformation, innovation and a strong digital Europe
ITRE/ CULT/ Digital WG/ JURI (digital related issues)/ TRAN (issues not related to a Green New Deal)
Germany

PLUMB Rovana

Vice-president
S&D Group Bureau, a just transition and demography
REGI / ITRE / ENVI (just transition related issues)
Romania