EU Parliament declares ‘climate emergency’ ahead of UN talks

MEPs have declared a climate emergency in Europe and globally, demanding tougher action ahead of next week’s UN climate summit in Madrid.

A plenary session of the Parliament meeting in Strasbourg on Thursday passed motions declaring an emergency and calling on the EU to increase its 2030 emission reduction target from 40% to 55% in the European Green Deal package expected in the next two weeks, and commit to carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest. 

French liberal MEP Pascal Canfin said the votes sent a “clear and timely message to the Commission” ahead of the publication of president-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s flagship policy proposals.

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