Interview: Green MEP Bas Eickhout on COP25 and how parliament is 'getting its act together' on climate action

The next few weeks are a critical time for Europe's climate policy, with the EU executive expected to outline next month its plans for a European Green Deal that puts environment at the heart of policy making in Brussels. At the same time, EU negotiators will be in Madrid for the 25th conference of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – the second to last before the Paris Agreement enters its implementation phase in a little over a year.

Green MEP Bas Eickhout – vice-chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee and a former candidate for the European Commission presidency – will head the assembly's delegation to the COP25 summit. He spoke to ENDS this week about his plans for Madrid, the need for Europe to recognise a climate emergency, increasingly vocal demands from the public for more drastic action, and how the parliament is “getting its act together”.

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