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A New Impetus for Europe: Actions and Priorities for the new EU Commission

The Green 10 published a briefing for EU Commission President Juncker (right) with five urgent actions to be undertaken in 2015 and 10 priorities for his five year mandate.

Briefing available here

HEAL is a member of Green 10, the alliance of leading environmental NGOs at EU level, supported by over 20 million EU citizens and active in all 28 Member States. The Green10 look forward to working constructively with the new EU Commission to make environmental and health policies a central part of the Commission’s solution to Europe’s problems.

The Green 10 underline that during the first year, the EU Commission should focus on the following urgent actions:

1. Put sustainable development at the core of the EU agenda;
2. Rebuild trust in a European project for people;
3. Make environmental policy a key tool of job creation;
4. Regain Competitiveness through innovation, and;
5. Foster investment in green and nature-based solutions.

During the 2014-2018 mandate the EU Commission should also focus on the following 10 priorities:

1. Create new jobs, shift the tax burden from labour to resource consumption, and eliminate environ¬mentally-harmful subsidies through a new economic strategy based on sustainability principles.
2. Develop legislative proposals on greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy and energy savings policies that ensure the EU is on track to decarbonize by the middle of this century.
3. Halt Europe’s accelerated loss of biodiversity by 2020.
4. Put in place comprehensive resource-reduction, product and waste policies.
5. Adopt measures to reduce the use of pesticides and replace hazardous chemicals.
6. Limit air pollution and bring levels in line with latest health recommendations.
7. End European and global deforestation and forest degradation.
8. Oppose any new free trade deals, especially agreements with the US and Canada, that jeopardise strong social and environmental standards.
9. Put the environment at the heart of the global development goals to end poverty.
10. Guarantee the right to information, participation and justice for European citizens.”

Originally posted on 14 November 2014

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