Communication on the European Green Deal

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The European Commission published on 11 December 2019 a Communication setting out its so-called 'European Green Deal', a roadmap aimed at resetting the Commission’s commitment to tackling climate and environmental-related challenges.

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This Communication presents an initial roadmap of the key policies and measures needed to achieve the European Green Deal. It aims to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy and stop climate change, revert biodiversity loss and cut pollution. It outlines investments needed and financing tools available, and explains how to ensure a just and inclusive transition. All EU action and policies are required to contribute to the European Green Deal objectives. The European Green Deal covers all sectors of the economy.

The Green Deal is also an integral part of the European Commission’s strategy to implement the United Nations' 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the other priorities announced in the political guidelines put forward by the President of the European Commission.

The European Green Deal was one of the early priorities set out by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen as she took office in mid-2019. The plenary session of the European Parliament held a discussion on this roadmap on the same day as it was published. The plan was was later backed by the most national leaders sitting at the European Council as part of their discussions on climate neutrality in the European Union.

On 15 January 2020, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution, in which it supports the European Green Deal but also urges the Commission to go further in its transition ambitions. The Council of the European Union held a discussion on some aspects of this Communication on 27 January, based on a steering note from its Presidency. Another format of the Council held an exchange of views on certain policies of the European Green Deal on 27 February, also based on a Note prepared by the Council Presidency.

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ESO Records
Discussions on climate change and the transition to a climate-neutral European Union
25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25), 2-13 December 2019

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