This evening, Tuesday 8 October at 18:30 CEST, the Executive Vice-President-designate for a European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, will participate in a public hearing before the European Parliament. This will be a critical moment to assess his commitment to a European Green Deal that delivers for the climate and for nature, as called for by citizens and scientists worldwide. WWF will be live Tweeting during the hearing.
WWF will be looking for Executive Vice-President-designate Timmermans to commit to proposing a European Green Deal within the first 100 days of the new European Commission taking office. This deal must show real ambition, that matches the scale of the environmental crisis we face. It must integrate action on climate and nature across all relevant EU policy areas.
This deal must pass five tests:
(*) Set targets: Put in place mutually reinforcing targets on decarbonisation and nature restoration: a climate neutral Europe by 2040, and halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity by 2030
(*) Tackle food & footprint: Introduce flagship initiatives to transition to sustainable food systems in the EU and to address the EU’s global footprint
(*) Focus on delivery: zero tolerance for non-compliance and weak implementation of environmental laws
(*) Clean up the economy: Shift to a fully sustainable economy and halt any financial support for harmful economic activities
(*) Make it fair: Guarantee a just transition ensuring no-one is left behind