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European Green Deal

European Green Deal

 

SUMMARY OF:

Communication from the Commission — The European Green Deal

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE COMMUNICATION?

It sets out a plan of action to make the EU’s economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all areas of policy in a way that is fair and inclusive. The European Green Deal is the new growth strategy for an EU economy that is sustainable, cleaner, safer and healthier.

KEY POINTS

  • The communication includes a roadmap, a plan including concrete actions to:
    • ensure that there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050;
    • boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy;
    • restore biodiversity and cut pollution.
  • The Green Deal covers all sectors; the European Commission will issue proposals for action in a number of policy areas:
  • The communication outlines the investments needed and the financing tools available. The Commission presented a Sustainable Europe Investment Plan and will present a Green Financing Strategy in 2020.
  • The Commission proposed an EU Climate Law which will turn the EU’s political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050 into a legal obligation.
  • A Just Transition Mechanism will support EU regions that rely heavily on very carbon-intensive activities.
  • The Commission will launch a European Climate Pact to give citizens and stakeholders a voice and role in designing new climate actions, sharing information, launching grassroots activities and showcasing solutions that others can follow.

BACKGROUND

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MAIN DOCUMENT

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — The European Green Deal (COM(2019) 640 final, 11.12.2019)

last update 23.04.2020

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