Minister Mikkonen on the Green Deal: the EU is rebuilding its economy to solve the sustainability crisis

Press release 2019-12-11 at 18:18

Today the European Commission presented its Green Deal to reform the EU economy in order to resolve the sustainability crisis.

“The Green Deal is an important first step in rebuilding the EU economy on a sustainable foundation. This is the only way to resolve the climate crisis, halt the decline of biodiversity and safeguard wellbeing. This proposal comes at a critical time. It also sends a strong signal to the international community that the EU is committed to leadership in tackling the climate crisis,” said Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen at the Madrid Climate Conference.

The Commission will submit its proposal on the EU Climate Change Act in March, and in summer 2020, it will present a comprehensive plan to update the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target to at least 50 per cent. In June 2021, the Commission will present its plans for the renewal and expansion of EU emissions trading scheme.

“The Commission's proposal provides a good basis for discussion between the Member States and Parliament on building the Europe of the future. It is important to ensure that policy measures are in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We must limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

The Green Deal covers transport and taxation, food and agricultural production, industry and infrastructure projects, and measures to boost investments in clean energy and circular economy.

“Sustainability objectives must be a guiding force behind all EU policies. This is the only way we can tackle the root causes of the sustainability crisis. The Green Deal is the first initiative of the new Commission. It shows that building a low-carbon future is a key priority for the EU. We give the Commission our full support in the swift tabling of legislative proposals for discussion by the Member States.”

Inquiries:

Riikka Yliluoma, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 4141 682, riikka.yliluoma(at)ym.fi