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Three solutions for a European climate and jobs pact

By Pierre Larrouturou / 8 June, 2020

How to fund the recovery plan, how to make the Green Deal Succeed? Here are the answers provided by MEP Pierre Larrouturou, general rapporteur for the next EU budget, who is one of the 30 initiators and 700 public figures who support the “European Call: 3 solutions for climate and...

The path forward is green

By Dan Jorgensen / 6 June, 2020

Humanity is under severe pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, and few are unscathed. Our first priority is always to protect citizens and to safeguards people’s livelihoods so that when the storm has passed, we can confront the future together. However, the window of opportunity to act on climate change will...

Money for nature: bridging the green funding gap

By Ludovic Suttor-Sorel / 3 June, 2020

The European Green Deal sets a pathway for Europe’s transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular and biodiversity-friendly economy. But how to fund this transition? With appropriate incentives and information, a part of the transition can be achieved. Meanwhile, for projects that do provide public value, but which are not financially...

A new generation pact for a sustainable and resilient European economy

By Nuno Almeida Eça / 29 May, 2020

The corona pandemic had demonstrated some of the fragilities of our current economic system. Like CO2-emissions, the virus does not care about borders. It affects a country independently of its economic situation and it puts at risk the health of all citizens. However, the poorest and the most vulnerable are...

We can’t return to normal because the past normal was precisely the problem

By Nancy Yuk / 29 May, 2020

As the commission has laid out its proposal for an ambitious COVID-19 recovery plan of 750 billion Euro – which rightly prioritises solidarity and action – more than a common debt will be needed to tackle the climate issue. The EU should not, and cannot, afford to forget what Ursula...

Can the EU’s recovery plan also succeed in advancing green goals?

By Iain Begg / 29 May, 2020

Two themes will dominate EU policymaking over the next few years: the medium and longer term ‘green deal’ and the much more immediate imperative of an effective response to the Covid-19 economic crisis. Can they be reconciled or does the one risk crowding out the other at a time of...

Taxation in the sky : towards a progressive aviation tax in line with climate justice

By Jourdain Vaillant / 20 December, 2019

 «Aviation has a unique fiscal regime » says a report published by the European Commission last June. While the Council of the UE is considering both a revision of the 2003 Energy Taxation Directive and a project of aviation tax, there is space for a renewed and fair fiscal regime. On...

COP25: Towards multi-speed multilateralism

By Cristina Narbona / 20 December, 2019

Download this article in Spanish. The developments of the COP25 should not be judged in a binary manner: success or failure. On the contrary, the complexity of our world has become apparent – a world that is difficult to manage with tools designed in distant times –, and we should...

The Spanish repetition of the COP15 in Copenhagen

By Jo Leinen / 20 December, 2019

The disaster of COP15 in Copenhagen repeated itself ten years later on COP25 in Madrid. Egoistic national interests are blocking the necessary consensus to defend the common good. Lesson Nr 1 : We will not limit global warming well below 2°C relaying only on these UNFCCC conferences. There is always...

COP25 – First Conclusions and future challenges

By Javi López / 20 December, 2019

The longest COP25 in history concluded last Sunday, after two more days of negotiations than planned, with an outcome that was however disappointing due to the lack of ambition and concrete actions in its final declaration. Climate action has become a categorical imperative for all those who want the public...

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