Communication on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (European Green Deal Investment Plan)

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Series Details COM (2020) 21
Publication Date 14/01/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 14 January 2020 setting out its Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP), the investment pillar of the European Green Deal.

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The Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (also known as European Green Deal Investmen Plan - EGDIP) aims to mobilise through the budget of the European Union (EU) and the associated instruments at least €1 trillion of private and public sustainable investments over a decade. This follows from the need for great investment effort from all sectors of the economy to achieve sustainability across the Union, and from the understanding that private investor appetite for sustainable opportunities with measurable impact is on the rise. The Investment Plan is a comprehensive framework that aims to become a bridge between policy objectives and the private financial resources available. This framework targets climate, environmental and social investments, the latter as far as they are related to the sustainable transition.

Complementing other initiatives announces under the European Green Deal, this Plan is based on three dimensions:

  • Financing: Mobilising at least €1 trillion of sustainable investments over a decade;
  • Enabling: Providing incentives to unlock and redirect public and private investment;
  • Practical support: Support provided by the European Commission to public authorities and project promoters in planning, designing and executing sustainable projects.

This Communication also acknowledges that, while all regions require funding for the green transition, the transformation is to become particularly challenging for some territories in particular. In order to address these particular challenges, the European Commission proposes the creation of a Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) that is able to provide targeted support to generate the necessary investments in those regions. This Mechanism consists of three pillars:

  • a Just Transition Fund;
  • a dedicated just transition scheme under InvestEU;
  • a new public sector loan facility for additional investments, leveraged by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Finally, the Communication envisages an annual Sustainable Investment Summit, to take stock of prohress across the different work streams included in the SEIP, and identify new avenues for action.

This plan was subject to discussion at the plenary session of the European Parliament on the same day as it was launched.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2020:21:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EUObserver, 10/01/2020: EU regions: don’t touch cohesion funds for Green Deal https://euobserver.com/economic/147087
Bruegel: Blog, 15/01/2020: A trillion reasons to scrutinise the Green Deal Investment Plan https://bruegel.org/2020/01/a-trillion-reasons-to-scrutinise-the-green-deal-investment-plan/
EPRS: At a Glance, January 2020: Just transition in EU regions https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2020)646151
CPMR: Analysis, January 2020: CPMR Analysis of the Just Transition Mechanism https://cpmr.org/wpdm-package/cpmr-analysis-of-the-just-transition-mechanism/
CEEP: The Just Transition Mechanism explained (4 February 2020) https://www.ceep.be/the-just-transition-mechanism-explained/

News
EurActiv, 14/01/2020: EU to unveil trillion-euro ‘Green Deal’ financial plan https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-to-unveil-trillion-euro-green-deal-financial-plan/
EUObserver, 14/01/2020: Commission's €1 trillion bet on green deal financing https://euobserver.com/environment/147131
Euronews, 14/01/2020: European Green Deal: Brussels unveils €1 trillion plan to make EU carbon neutral by 2050 https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/14/eu-commission-to-unveil-green-deal-to-make-europe-the-first-climate-neutral-continent
Bloomberg, 14/01/2020: Europe Pitches State-Aid Revamp in $1 Trillion Green Deal Plan https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-14/europe-pitches-state-aid-revamp-in-1-trillion-green-deal-plan
EurActiv, 14/01/2020: Question marks raised over scale of EU’s new climate fund https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/question-marks-raised-over-scale-of-eus-new-climate-fund/
The Independent, 14/01/2020: EU unveils plan to dedicate a quarter of its budget fighting climate change with €1 trillion 'green deal' https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-climate-change-green-new-deal-zero-carbon-emissions-a9283501.html
Politico, 14/01/2020: Brussels’ green cash credentials questioned https://www.politico.eu/article/european-commission-brussels-green-cash-credentials-questioned-frans-timmermans-budget-just-transition-mechanism/
EurActiv, 14/01/2020: Nuclear ‘excluded’ from EU’s new Just Transition Fund https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/nuclear-excluded-from-eus-new-just-transition-fund/
Reuters, 14/01/2020: EU sets out trillion euro plan to avert 'climate crash' https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1ZD001
Forbes, 14/01/2020: EU Unveils Fund To Woo Poland On Climate https://www.forbes.com/sites/davekeating/2020/01/14/eu-unveils-fund-to-woo-poland-on-climate/
EurActiv, 21/01/2020: EU’s Breton looking into ‘non-conventional’ measures to finance Green Deal https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eus-breton-looking-into-non-conventional-measures-to-finance-green-deal/

Official
European Commission: Press Release, 14/01/2020: Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_17
European Commission: Questions and Answers, 14/01/2020: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism explained https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_24
European Commission: Plenary remarks by Executive Vice-Presidents Timmermans and Dombrovskis on the European Green Deal Investment Plan and the Just Transition Mechanism, 14 January 2020 https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_60

ESO Records
Communication on the European Green Deal https://www.europeansources.info/record/communication-on-the-european-green-deal/

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