Austrian conservatives join pushback against EU’s Green Deal

(EurActiv, 10 May 2023) Conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) MEPs have thrown their weight behind their European political family’s (EPP) push to abandon essential parts of the European Green Deal, which the EU centre-right launched at its party conference last week.

Last week, the European People’s Party (EPP) rejected the proposal on the sustainable use of pesticides, a key legislative project within the EU’s sustainability flagship, the Green Deal.

The MEPs of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) are standing by this move.

“Farmers are at a point where they can no longer keep up,” Simone Schmiedtbauer told the press in Strasbourg on Tuesday, ORF reported.

A debate on the role of farmers in facilitating the green transition and maintaining a robust agricultural sector is set to take place in the plenary of the European Parliament on Wednesday. However, no resolution is expected to be reached since the topic has sparked escalating controversy.

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans is responsible for the Commission for the Green Deal, which aims to take significant steps towards a reduction of emissions and a conversion to sustainable economic activity. Timmermans has recently reaffirmed its necessity.

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EurActiv, 10 May 2023: Austrian conservatives join pushback against EU’s Green Deal