Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 27

Local and regional leaders set out vision to deliver European Green Deal

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2019

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has set out its demands for the European Green Deal, which it believes must be met to reach climate neutrality by 2050. From energy to mobility, agriculture, biodiversity, digitalisation and the circular economy, the Committee argues that the Green Deal needs a clear action plan with measurable objectives, targeted actions, and appropriate funding, prepared together with local and regional authorities – if Europe is to respond to the climate emergency.In a debate with Frans Timmermans, the newly appointed European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, the CoR called on the EU to keep global warming below 1.5°C by setting out an ambitious legislative and financial package that supports all regions and cities in delivering transitions, putting sustainability at the heart of all the policy-making. The resolution adopted in Brussels shortly before the European Commission unveils plans for the Green Deal on 11 December, calls on the EU to enshrine into law a commitment to being carbon-neutral by 2050, upgrading its energy, climate and environmental objectives and offer sufficient funding to support regions and cities. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions, said: “We can no longer close our eyes to the climate emergency. The European Green Deal is the last opportunity for Europe to be credible, uphold its international obligations and offer a clear path to carbon-neutrality by 2050. The EU must green all its policies and investments, ensuring a just transition that supports every region and city. Local and regional governments must be a fully-fledged partner and player, backed with real investment. The current EU budget proposals, including cuts to cohesion policy, will undermine regions’ and cities’ efforts to accelerate climate action. Time is running out, we must not dither and we must act together. If the green transition does not start in our cities and regions, it will not happen at all.”Frans Timmermans, the European Commission Executive Vice-President, warned of inaction and said: “All levels of government will have to play their role if we want to succeed in shaping our collective future: this is not something that national governments can do alone. Cities and regions have a huge role to play in the fundamental transformation that the Green Deal is to drive in our society. From emissions-free transport to biodiversity protection, from energy efficiency in buildings to greening our cities and reforestation, we need every single one of you. We won’t reach the objectives of the Green Deal without local and regional authorities.”
During the plenary debate, a group of young elected politicians presented their demands for Europe to Executive Vice-President Timmermans and President Lambertz. A representative of the ‘Young Elected Politician (YEPs) United 4 Climate’ programme, Marina Grech, a local city councillor in Qormi, Malta, said, “We, young leaders, work hard in our local communities to make a liveable and sustainable future for ourselves and our children. United, we come together across parties and across European countries. If I, as 19 years old can take action and if I can stand here today to make our voice heard, so can you.”

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