MEPs join call for radical Green New Deal

MEPs have joined a coalition of thinktanks, environmental groups, economists and climate scientists backing a ‘Green New Deal for Europe’ (GNDE) that goes much further than the European Commission’s package, more details of which are expected next week.

Launched in Brussels on Tuesday by MEPs Alexandra Phillips (Greens/EFA), Aurore Laluqc (S&D), and Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL), the GNDE sets out a “pragmatic pathway” to net-zero emissions by 2030.

In an open letter published alongside the report, supporters including environmentalist Bill McKibben, economist Ann Pettifor, and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, told Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen her ‘European Green Deal’ proposal “fails completely” to live up to her promise of an ambitious transition. Leaked details of von der Leyen’s Green Deal last week drew concerns over the lack of ambition.

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