At its plenary meeting this week, the European Parliament (EP) discussed the European Green Deal, which had been presented to the EP by Commission President von der Leyen in December. In their resolution, MEPs welcome the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges and call for an "adequately funded just transition mechanism".
Amongst other issues, the Parliament calls for a more ambitious goal regarding the reduction of emissions by 2030 (55% in 2030 compared to 1990, instead of "at least 50% towards 55%" as proposed by the Commission). MEPs also ask for an interim target for 2040 to ensure the EU is on track to reach climate neutrality in 2050.
MEPs stress that they will amend any legislative proposals to meet the objectives of the Green Deal. Higher targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy, including binding national targets for each member state for the latter, and a revision of other pieces of EU legislation in the field of climate and energy are needed by June 2021, they add.
The resolution was adopted with 482 votes for, 136 against and 95 abstentions.
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