Environmental NGOs launch appeal for green reconstruction
(EurActiv, 14 May 2020) An association of ten major European environmental organisations launched an appeal to the European Union on Thursday (14 May) to come up with “the biggest green investment plan the world has ever seen”, shortly before the European Parliament was due to vote on its position on this issue. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The call comes before the EU Parliament resolution which specifies what demands the EU assembly is making on the Commission’s reconstruction plan. The plan will be presented next Wednesday (20 May) together with a new EU long-term budget.
“Our response to this crisis will determine whether or not we succeed in winning the battle against climate change, the loss of nature and widespread pollution,” write the signatories, including BirdLife Europe, WWF, the Climate Action Network, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, representing 100 other NGOs.
The EU should therefore launch “the biggest green investment plan the world has ever seen,” the NGOs write.
Environmental groups had already expressed their demands in two previous open letters to the Commission. They ask that all economic stimulus packages be strictly aligned with the Green Deal and the Paris climate goals.