Commenting on the ‘European Green Deal’ announced today, Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary said
“With Europe facing a climate emergency, we welcome the Commission bringing forward ambitious climate action. The huge scale of the change required could result in a rise in populism and climate denial unless it is managed in a genuinely fair way.
“Climate action must be matched in its ambition by measures to ensure there is a socially just transition to a green economy for all workers and communities.
“The European Green Deal published today suggests the Commission has taken this on board, but we need to see a comprehensive just transition strategy in January, before we know whether it will command the confidence of working people.
“It will require the EU budget to include new money - not cut from existing social and regional funds – to create green jobs, reskill those workers that can and provide real social protection for those who cannot.
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