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Since Ursula von der Leyen was elected new Commission president, she has been underlining her priority for a sustainable climate policy. An important lever to achieve this is the future EU budget 2021-2027, which has to be adopted by the end of 2020 at the latest. For this purpose, AK Europa and ÖGB Europabüro hosted an event on 9th September to discuss the question, which contribution the EU budget can make in the fight against climate change.

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AK EUROPA and ÖGB Europabüro cordially invite you to the following event:

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Event jointly organised by AK EUROPA and ÖGB Europabüro on 9 September 2019:

 

Europe climate-neutral by 2050: What contribution can the EU-budget make in the fight against climate change?

 

Presentation by Margit Schratzenstaller

(Austrian Institute of Economic Research WIFO)

 

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At the beginning of 2019, the European Commission presented a reflection paper, in which it elaborates as to how the goals for sustainable development and the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, formulated by the United Nations are to be fulfilled within the scope of the EU 2020 targets. Even though many ideas are to be welcomed there are still some gaps in the presented roadmap of the ‘sustainability turn’ from the AK’s point of view.

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On 16th April, the climate activist Greta Thunberg gave a speech in the EU Parliament, in which she demanded more cooperation and actions by the decision-makers in the European Union to avert the imminent climate crisis. The forthcoming EU elections provide an opportunity to put the climate problem on top of the agenda.

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For almost two years, the European Parliament has been negotiating social legislation for lorry and bus drivers. There have been no fewer than six votes in Parliament to achieve a compromise with majority appeal in plenary on April 4th 2019.

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Eight percent of all households in the EU are unable to keep their homes warm. This shows that energy poverty is by no means a fringe issue. Hence, the EU institutions are required to take effective measures during the coming legislative period to ensure that energy remains accessible to all Europeans.

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Together for decent work – this is the slogan of the action week organised by the European Transport Workers’ Federation ETF, which took place across Europe from March 22nd to 27th. The highlight was a demonstration in Brussels with around 5,000 participants, who had a clear message: No more social dumping on Europe’s roads, rail, at sea and in the air!

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In November 2018, the European Commission published a strategic long-term vision “A Clean Planet for all”, which since then has been intensively discussed by the European Institutions. No less than the reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 is the Commission’s target. On March 14th, 2019 Parliament supported the Commission.

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Fairer, more competitive and cleaner - these are the three slogans, which describe how the European Commission wants transport on Europe’s roads to be will. To achieve this vision, it has submitted as much as 15 proposals of Regulations and Directives over the past two years. This includes the access to the market by bus and coach services and road haulage, where the Commission would like to see more liberalisation. The Transport Committee of the European Parliament has now channelled both submissions in the right direction.