Von der Leyen: Outlining the European Green Deal

Von der Leyen: Outlining the European Green Deal


Thank you very much President. Two weeks ago I made a promise to this Parliament, I promised that my Commission would not waste time. So, here we are just two weeks later we are here before you with our
proposal for a European Green Deal. It is the people of Europe who have called
on us to take decisive action against climate change. Europeans have made their voices heard in
the streets and in the ballot box, and it’s for them that we are here today. It is for them that we are presenting such
an ambitious Green Deal for Europe. And it is today that we want to say to them
that we have heard them. We have heard you loud and clear and here
is our response. Members of the European Parliament, in July,
straight after my appointment, I put climate action at the heart of my political programme. Thanks to your vote you have adopted that
programme, and I promise that you will have a central role in the coming phases. Today, Frans and myself, and the whole College
are presenting to you and to European Citizens our ideas for the European Green Deal. We are also here because we need you. This proposal is not the end of the work that
we are doing but the start of a common path and we will only be able to proceed with your
support. It is not just our vision for a climate neutral
continent, it is a roadmap for action, with 50 practical steps on Europe’s path towards
2050. It will take more than a generation to reach
that goal, we know that this roadmap will have to evolve and adapt through the years. It will be a very long and partly bumpy road,
without any question. But it is up to us to set the pace, it is
up to us to leave no one behind and we know that it is doable. We are determined to succeed for the safety
of this planet and life on it. And so many European people, business and
cities are already showing us the way. Last Friday, 44 of Europe’s largest investors,
representing 6 trillion Euros of assets, called on the European Union to adopt as quickly
as possible a climate law for climate neutrality in 2050. They want that law. They say it will give them the confidence
to make long term decisions for modern investment. It is about accountability and reliability. And therefore, a building block, a crucial
building block of our European Green Deal will be in 2020 the proposal of the very first
European Climate Law. It will set clear rules, so that investors
and innovators can plan their long term investment. It will make the transition towards climate
neutrality accountable and reliable. And next summer we will present the plan to
increase our ambition in cutting emissions. This decision on our 2030 target will not
be left to chance. The plan will come with a thorough impact
assessment to better understand where we can be bold but also where we must be prudent. We want to be as ambitious as we can, and
we want to be as realistic as we can. All of this will be ready in time for next
year’s COP26 in Glasgow. Europe will lead by example, but we also need
more ambitious multilateral rules for the whole world. Of course every continent has to find its
own path, without any question. But the goal must be the same for everyone. And positive change must be rewarded and not
hindered. We want to protect our planet. We welcome the change in production procedures. If companies invest in clean technologies,
if they respect our environment, it can’t be that they face unfair competition from
heavy polluters, and that’s when we will apply a carbon border adjustment mechanism with
full compliance with WTO rules. Honourable Members, the European Green Deal
is not only about emissions. It is about boosting innovation. It is about quality food. It is about modern mobility. It will create new business and markets across
Europe. The European Green Deal is our new growth
strategy. And this time it is a growth strategy that
is not consuming, but it is a new growth strategy that is more giving back than it takes away. It is a growth strategy that is more caring. Companies from all across our continent are
already turning the green transition in green opportunities and business opportunities. Some are converting plastic waste into modern
furniture, for example. Farmers are using data from our satellites
to adapt to climate change. Made in Europe batteries for electric cars
are finally becoming reality. We must invest in Europe’s potential for innovation. 70 years ago Europeans invested in coal and
steel and it turned out to be a historic reconciliation and an economic miracle. Today, we are investing in renewables and
algorithms. And the European Green deal is about reconciling
our economy with our planet. Reconciling the way we produce, the way we
consume with our planet, and respecting the environment we live in. That is the core of the European Green Deal. And, Honourable Members, exactly one year
ago the city of Katowice hosted the global climate conference of COP24. This city, that for over a century was a capital
of coal, became the global capital of climate action. Delegations from the whole world saw former
coal industries that now host congress centres, restaurants and concert halls. This transition didn’t happen overnight, and
it was certainly not effortless. And likewise, the European Green Deal won’t
happen overnight. And it will be demanding. But it is the right thing to do. As in Katowice, the transition will bring
better and healthier jobs. It will bring cleaner and less polluted cities. It will bring a higher quality of life for
Europeans. But this transition will also need time, support,
and solidarity. Therefore, immediately next year we will propose
the Just Transition Mechanism. It will combine public money and private money. The European Investment Bank will leverage
it, with the ambition to reach 100 billion Euros in investment over the next seven years. It will be the springboard for those sectors
and those regions that have to catch up. Everyone in Europe can be part of this change. The transition is not just about big industry
and coal. It is an opportunity for our farmers with
our farm to fork strategy. From Lapland to southern Italy, a whole generation
of young farmers are rediscovering traditional crops and bringing new life to our countryside. The European Green Deal will be on their side. The European Green Deal will take care of
Europe’s incredible natural heritage. It will protect biodiversity and revive the
economy. But we, as institutions that serve Europeans,
we must also walk the talk. And this is what the European Commission will
do. We also have to learn what this change means
in our daily life, how to practice sustainability. What does it mean for our buildings? For our waste management? For our travels? For our paper use? you name it… Today in college we set ourselves the target
to be as a Commission to be climate neutral by 2030, and I invite Parliament and the Council
to do the same. It is a challenge but let’s do that together. Let us support active citizenship and call
on grassroots initiatives. Let us work with teachers and educators, because
our children are not passive spectators. There are very active players in this endeavour. Our climate pact will be with them and for
them. And for all those who are ready to play a
part in this endeavour. Honourable Members, a whole continent has
to be mobilised. From mayors in small cities and in big cities,
to all institutions on the European level. Every member of my Commission will be involved,
every Member State, every committee in this Parliament. In fact none of this will be possible without
your support. We will need ambitions legislation. We will need a seven year budget that raises
to the challenge. Today we bring the European Green Deal here
to the floor of the Parliament. Tomorrow I will present it to the leaders
in our Council. And later this week Frans Timmermans will
present it to COP25 in Madrid. Let’s start this endeavour together. Honourable Members, some say the costs of
this transformation is too high. Well, let us never forget what the cost of
non-action would be. It is rising by the year. River flooding costs our citizens over five
billion annually. Every year our economies lose almost ten billion
Euros due to droughts, and farmers pay the highest price. And this is only the beginning. But this is not a given. We can resist these developments. It is high time, but it is not too late. With this roadmap for action we make the cost
of transition fully sustainable, and many Europeans are already taking action. Only one year ago no one would have imagined
that millions would take to the street for climate. Our cities are choosing clean energy. Our scientists are developing the technologies
of the future. Our families are renouncing plastic and choosing
local food. Our European Green Deal is for them. It is ambitious, it is designed to be just,
it is made in Europe, for Europe to lead the way to climate neutrality to 2050. Europe has always given its best when it has
worked together as a union. We give our best when we are bold and aim
high. And with the European Green Deal we are aiming
high. Europeans are calling on us to drive the change,
now it is up to us to answer their call. Thank you so much.

17 comments on “Von der Leyen: Outlining the European Green Deal

  1. This statement is very useful for the European Parliament on what it has to be done for Europe, Commission, Social Environment, Productive management, and countries that are coming for the opportunity for the exclusive membership for the Kingdom of Union. Especially the UK have to get back the Golden membership of being the most powerful leader of the Union while remaining the best greatest country for the proactive future of professionalism, perfection, protection, Real Estate, Serious Employments, Finical Opportunities, Productive Goals, and Citizenship with Immigration Improvement for successful honor. No mater what happens, they're always a opportunity for a chance for a representative unit to come. What's she said is true plus it really help everyone out for the future of possibilities, what she dose is very best for us, people, citizens, individuals, family , friends, and public associations. That's what makes them insiders for the successful company. That's the best of her explanation. Everyone is with her for the greatest thing to come for the positive events to earn. No problem, no issues, no mistakes about it, no doubt about it, and no protest again it. We're with her. She's the right choice for the Green European freedom. Amen to her. [Special Features] Oh yeah in the mater of fact, Green Stands for Freedom of European Confidence or European Independence for gold membership.

  2. I strongly agree with her. Ms. Von Der Leyen of Federal Republic of Germany.
    The best option to do is to never give up who they really are, never stop doing the right thing, never stop believing the best thing that can happen for the country, stay positive for the events, stay productive, make official decisions, take full responsibility for the Country, and never surrender to the wrong things for the bad circumstances.

  3. The real problem is the ongoing deforestation and concreting of the earth's land mass, co2 is not a pollutant for life on earth in quantities that have been proven to sustain the most abundant presence of life in history.
    No trees and greens means no grazing animals which are the perfect natural compost makers.
    Of course when there are no trees and other greenery enough left to absorb co2 than something's wrong.
    A international group of governments are making the people believe that the levels of co2 are too high instead of the levels of concrete, in reality the levels of greenery and grazers are too low.
    Instead of lowering our emissions of the building blocks of life we should increase the level of green plants and grazing animals.
    That's why I'm constantly planting trees and other greenery composting their waste materials in self constructed compost heaps.

  4. The EU is taking all the power from the people. People don't like it. It is all a big lie. Vote against them whenever you can. But maybe it is still too late. We really need to fight against this tyranny and communism. We all become slaves to them, as long as we are not yet.

  5. Funny that they dont know , the people that are working now ,cant save anymore… we work with 2 people and we can hardly save money.. food prices and enegry prices have risin the last 2 years ,but our wages dont go up , i have a old house that needs at least a 100k to get it green… i dont think that i will make 2050.. i still need to eat.. pay my bills..pay of my home loan..

  6. sehr geehrte europäische komission
    ich bin siv der klon
    mein original hat keinen bock auf auf dieses trockenvotzenpulver,deshalb hat sie mich in einer you-tube reifen lassen.alle rechte an mir liegen bei ihr.sie hat sich kopiert, um die drecksarbeit für sie zu erledigen.der eigentliche @ der geschichte liegt im überleben der freidrehenden @ und umweltgerechte entsorgung ihrer leiber ,die bis 2050 ihrer natürlichen absterbeordnung unterliegen-es sei denn sie legalisieren deren klon zwecks lebensverlängerung….drecksarbeit eben.jedenfalls bin ich illegal so dass mein original mich der kunstfreiheit unterstellt und mich als kunstfigur legitimiert,frei nach beuys:
    jeder mensch besitzt seinen klon.
    jedenfalls:der eigentliche sputnikmoment ist der breakingpoint überfüllter friedhöfe deren wachsleichen nicht verrotten wollen.ein weltweites fenomen ,einer europäischen führungsrolle im umgang damit würdig.und mein original findet:
    DIESER führerin würdig.
    der wahre @ ist ein angebot meines originals:
    macht mich zu eurer europäischen aktiven sterbehelferin,bestatterin und erbin herrenloser vermögen.
    na?wessen pott ist grösser?alleine deutschland bindet laut DIV 11bio euro…wieviel vermögen binden wohl die europäischen @ ?

  7. why are these extinction rebellion cunts causing mayhem here when we are the ones tackling climate change? We are declaring climate emergencies while they do nothing in china or india who are the biggest polluters and arent doing anything about it what the fuck is this about? I had a discussion with one member before and he said that it was because we were holding back globalism wtf its us who are making globalism happen where the fuck is the african union or the asian union? we have created the closest organisation to representing globalism by surrendering national sovereignty in persuit of a more globalised world… So that argument is out the window, So why is this happening here? climbing on planes and disrupting traffic scaling buildings where a discussion specifically on climate action is ahappening I think its happening here because certain politically leaning people are funding it…. I love the European Union but this sort of stuff has to stop and especially with the migrants I have no problem with a european identity but at this rate what will that european identity mean? we are taking in way too many migrants and also what is the ethnic makeup of their countries what percent of african countries are ethnic minorities if there even is any how would they like it if white europeans started migrating to their country i wonder how much they would love globalism then? white people are a minority on this planet and will soon become a minority in their own countries this is what we are looking at seriously look at belgium by 2025 belgians will be a minority in their own country this is fucking ridiculous and its no wonder so many people are turning away from the EU yet i still believe in it even though we dont get to vote on the commisioner and various other positions…. Like who the hell is this woman all i know is she was the german defence minister under angela merkel who should be on her way out after that awful migrant decision she made yet even after a failure like that in government you still make it to the top job, This has to change otherwise come next eu election i wont be supporting this union anymore, we need to have elections for the commisioner position and have more interaction with the people otherwise people wont feel like they are a part of it and that its just some entity that makes laws over them some of which they probably dont like.

  8. I won't be mobilized unless it's by force, thank you very much. Mobilize the whole continent? Woman thinks she's chairman Mao or something.

  9. European climate law means citizens get locked up for breaking the law, and those who have power get away . Look at California . Green new deal is about Co2 . Co2 is NOT a poison it is the air of Green plants . The more Co2 the greener the plants. So The Green new deal is not green at all ! ,What is carbon neutral mean ? It is trading on the new carbon market so you can call yourself carbon neutral . But you pollute the same or more . Look at China they can double carbon emissions . Such a scam is the green new deal . There are many other ways of keeping our planet clean and beautiful outside of the green new deal . USA is smart for pulling out of the Paris accord completely in 2020 .

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