Brussels, 2nd December 2020
To: Ambassador Clauß, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the EU,
EU Commission President Von der Leyen,
EU Commission Vice-Presidents Dombrovskis and Timmermans
CC: Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Siegfried Mureșan, Dragoș Pîslaru, Rapporteurs for the European Parliament
Subject: Support the biodiversity ambition under the Recovery and Resilience Facility
Dear Honorable Ambassador Clauß, Dear President Von der Leyen,
With the European Green Deal, biodiversity has found a place at the heart of European policy making. The EU Biodiversity Strategy, which has been endorsed by the Council unanimously, sets out ambitious targets. The final agreement on the EU Budget includes a 7.5% biodiversity target from 2024 and 10% from 2026 onwards.
However, there is nothing specific on biodiversity in the EU Recovery Package for the next few years.
As negotiators in the trilogues you are currently negotiating the legal framework for the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). When adopted, it will roll out a €672.5 billion heavy investment programme during the coming years. This is something unprecedented in European history and direly needed, to help society to recover from this pandemic.
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