EM Germany Newsletter CW 23/2022 | The goal of a climate neutral EU
On her election as head of the European Commission in 2019, Ursula von der Leyen made the promise to make the EU the forerunner of a just ecological transition. Detaching from Russian energy sources and the Covid-19 pandemic have since proven the necessity as well as difficulty of the path to climate neutrality.
The ever more visible consequences of the environmental and climate crises, as well as the approaching tipping points, show that the window of opportunity is slowly closing. Therefore, we welcome the fact that in the last two years, the EU has agreed on the goals of climate neutrality by 2050 and the reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 as set out in the European Green Deal and the European Climate Law.
To implement these goals, the EU institutions are currently debating the Fit for 55 package, the first core proposals of which are to be voted on today in the plenary session of the European Parliament. The urgency here lies on reducing the dependency on Russian energy sources, as the Commission envisages in the REPowerEU plan. If and how this may succeed, also depends on the member states, which have let themselves be played for a fool by Orban in the lengthy negotiations about the embargo on Russian oil.
As the European Movement Germany, we support the democratic contest to advance the chosen path to climate neutrality as quickly as possible – in close cooperation with social partners and representative powers. Because the time for national self-interests has expired.
Dr. Linn Selle
President European Movement Germany
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EM Germany President Linn Selle’s expectations of the EUCO | Before the start of the extraordinary meeting of the European Council, EM Germany’s President Dr. Linn Selle formulated her expectations of the heads of state and government. Specifically, she called for solidarity with Ukraine through arms deliveries and a credible prospect of accession to the EU, further sanctions against Russia and, a strengthening of EU institutions on the basis of the Conference on the Future of Europe. | More (in German)
Focus on REPowerEU energy package at EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN and Euro Group | Rising inflation and an increasingly tense economic situation as a result of the war against Ukraine: At the EBD De-Briefing on ECOFIN and the Euro Group, Dr. Judith Hermes, Head of the European Department of the Federal Ministry of Finance, provided detailed insights into the recent meetings of the two councils. | More (in German)
In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the EM Germany hosts its events as video conferences whenever possible.
10.06.2022 | EBD & EBÖ De-Briefing EZB-Rat with Gabriel Glöckler, Principal Adviser in the Directorate-General Communications, and Tobias Linzert, Head of Section Monetary Policy, moderated by EBÖ Secretary-General Sabine Radl.
14.06.2022 | EBD De-Briefing AGRIFISH with Rolf Burbach, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
20.06.2022 | EBD De-Briefing EPSCO with Mark Kamperhoff, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and Florian Schierle, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
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