European Green Deal

The global effects of climate change are becoming ever more present as time passes. The cost of climate inaction and the continuation of current energy production, industrial and daily habits will lead to irreversible damage. Air pollution will cause hundreds of thousands of premature deaths annually, heat and drought will pose both health, migration and natural habitat risks. These changes in our environment will lead to added strains to EU economies with estimated annual damages reaching €190bn and food prices rising by 20% globally by 2050.

The European Green Deal, proposed by the newly elected European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen in December 2019, has become the centre piece of the new Commission. The Deal aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050 by assisting companies to become leaders in clean products and technologies while at the same time guaranteeing a just transition for those effected most by the changes made. Policy areas covered by the Deal include clean energy, energy efficiency of buildings, sustainable mobility and pollution to ensure that climate change is tackled in all major polluting sectors.

Policy Areas

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Clean Energy

Sustainable Industry

Building and Renovating

Sustainable mobility

Biodiversity

From Farm to Fork

Eliminating pollution

 

Related Documents to Green Deal

Communication and roadmap on the European Green Deal

Commission Communication on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan

Proposal for a regulation establishing the Just Transition Fund

Amendments to the Common Provisions Regulation

 

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January 2020

The Commission has released its roadmap for the European Green Deal, outlining all policy areas that will be affected by the Green Deal.

 

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An Economy that Works for People

The EU, over the past decades, has developed an economy which has allowed its beneficiaries to thrive, however, the European Commission understands the need for an economy to serve all of its citizens in a socially fair manner which, at the same time, promotes growth and development. The Commission has made it one of its key priorities to ensure that the economy works for all of its people. This will be achieved by deepening the economic and monetary union while at the same time making it more democratically accountable and stable. The Commission will also focus on increasing investment with the objective of further growth and jobs.

Policy areas

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A deeper and fairer economic and monetary union

Internal Market

Jobs, growth and investment

European Semester

Boosting Jobs

 General Documents

Communication and Annex on a Strong Social Europe for Just Transitions

First-stage consultation of social partners on Fair Minimum Wages in the EU

A strong social Europe for just transitions

 Recent Developments

February 2020

On February 5, the Commission launched a public debate on the future of the EU’s economic governance following the release of a review on the economic surveillance framework’s effectiveness. The framework guides Member States to achieve fiscal and economic policy targets.

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A Europe Fit for the Digital Age

The new European Commission recognises that an increased dependency on digitalisation is necessary to achieve climate neutrality, improve access to online services and to make Europe into a global technological leader. Increased digital dependency can only be successful if it protects the privacy rights of users through the data protection law (GDPR) and increase’s its efficiency by improving e-commerce, for both consumers and companies. For these to be achievable, new rules must be developed to accommodate technological advancements which benefit the economy and society. These measures constitute the Commission’s digital strategy plan and aim to make the EU fit for the digital age

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Data Protection

Better access to online goods for consumers and businesses

The right environment for digital networks and services

Economy & Society

European data strategy

General Documents

Communication on Shaping Europe’s digital future

White Paper on Artificial Intelligence: a European approach to excellence and trust

Commission Report on safety and liability implications of AI, the Internet of Things and Robotics

Factsheets: a Europe fit for the Digital Age

Recent Developments

March 2020

The industrial sector of Europe must remain as competitive as possible to deal with the challenges of globalisation. With this in mind, the Commission has released its new Industrial Strategy which will ensure not only ensure Europe’s digitalisation but assist in making it greener and more circular.

February 2020

The Commission revealed its digitalisation plan for Europe, which will allow digitalisation to empower society, priorities citizens, creates opportunities and protects Europe’s democracy and economy.

 

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Promoting our European way of life

The European way of life, according to President von der Leyen, is characterised by European values, such as, tolerance, equality and social fairness. These values are upheld and protected by the ‘rule of law’ (Treaty 2012/C 326/01) meaning all Member States, citizens and EU institutions respect and follow the fundamental rights and laws that are democratically developed for the EU. To ensure compliance, the European Commission is launching a 'rule of law' mechanism which will report on both negative and positive developments on the ‘rule of law’ in Member States. Furthermore, the EC believes it’s necessary, for promoting the European way of life, to rethink its migration policies, cooperating against EU-wide threats and crimes as well as protecting consumer’s rights.

 

Policy Areas

  • Security UnionWorking with Member States and EU agencies to build an effective response to countering terrorism and radicalisation, organised crime and cyber threats.
  • Judicial CooperationTackling crimes such as human trafficking, smuggling and corruption; creating a European area of justice by linking the different national legal systems.
  • Fundamental RightsFighting discrimination and promoting gender equality, particularly by safeguarding the rule of law and fundamental rights
  • Protection -  Protecting and empowering consumers by reinforcing the safety of goods, services and food; ensuring compliance of EU consumer rules.
  • MigrationTowards a European agenda on migration.

 

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Security Union

Judicial Cooperation

Fundamental Rights

Consumer Protection

Migration

 

General Documents

Communication on strengthening the rule of law within the Union

Progress Report towards an effective and genuine Security Union

European Consumer Agenda

Rule of Law Report

 

Recent Developments

June 2020

The EC published a new report on the confiscation of profits made by organised crime groups. The report highlights new measures which should be considered to deal with these crimes effectively and overviews on the actions of European and international instruments specialised in the field.

 

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A Stronger Europe in the World

The European Commission is responsible for formulating the EU’s international partnership and development policy, with the ultimate goal to reduce poverty, ensure sustainable development, and promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law across the world. This priority strives to make the EU a stronger global actor by developing a foreign policy to ensure political stability with economic and environmental development. For a more peaceful and humane world, the Commission believes in strengthening the EU’s defence and security for effective deterrence and containment of crises while providing humanitarian aid to those who need it most. The Commission, also, wants to ensure that EU businesses and investment can thrive through trade policies that protect consumers by upholding the EU’s health and safety requirements.

 

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Foreign Policy

European Neighbourhood Policy

International Cooperation and Development

Humanitarian aid, civil protection

Trade Policy

Security and Defence

EU Enlargement

A balanced and progressive trade policy to harness globalisation

The European Defence industry

 

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Common Foreign and Security Policy (Declaration 13 & 14 from the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union), EUR-Lex

General Provisions On The Union's External Action from the Treaty of Lisbon, EUR-Lex

Foreign and Security policy, EUR-Lex

The EU's Common Security and Defence Policy, EUR-Lex

Foreign & security policy at EU level, EUR-Lex

 

Recent Developments

June 2020

To strengthen the EU’s autonomy and competitiveness, the EC announced that it will finance 16 EU-wide defence industrial projects and three technology projects. The funds will come from the European Defence Fund’s two precursor programmes at a total value of €205 million.

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A new push for European democracy

One of the European Commission’s priorities is to enhance European democracy, which gives EU citizens a stronger voice in the decision-making process for developing policies. The Commission is in the process of implementing various forums which will enable citizens to put forward their opinions and ideas, for instance, ‘Have your say’ and the Conference on the Future of Europe (see Policy Areas). The foundations of the Commission’s belief for broader involvement of its citizens is based on the concept of collective intelligence, where many people pool their thinking for better solutions to problems. By implementing collective intelligence and understanding the demographic changes in Member States, the Commission can develop more coherent policies, which will facilitate the growing shift in the EU’s demography and address the needs of its citizens. The Commission will engage in consolidating its partnership with the European Parliament, the voice of the people, by ensuring its involvement at all stages of international negotiations, as well as transparency and integrity throughout the legislative process. In addition to improving democratic and decision-making processes, the Commission will also tackle threats to these processes, such as disinformation.

 

Policy Areas

  • Future of Europe - The Commission’s contribution to shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe - an open, inclusive and transparent public debate
  • The impact of demographic change in Europe - The Commission's Demography Report presents the main drivers of demographic change and the impact they are having across Europe.
  • Have your say on Commission initiatives - Contribute to public consultations and give feedback on Commission initiatives during policy making. Tell us how you think existing laws could be improved.

 

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Future of Europe

 

The impact of demographic change in Europe

 

Have your say on Commission initiatives

 

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EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024, EUR-Lex

Public Opinion, Eurobarometer

Interinstitutional Agreement for Better Law-Making, EUR-Lex

 

Recent Developments

June 2020

The EC adopted its first-ever Report on the Impact of Demographic Change, which outlines the drivers of this long-term change and the impact it will have. Additionally, it emphasises the connections between demographic structures and the effects and recovery potential from the crisis.

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