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.
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.
Miriam Dalli and Jytte Gutland on the European Green Deal