European Green Deal: 10 things you need to know

While Ursula von der Leyen may be channeling the spirit of US president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal through her own promise to launch a European Green Deal within the first 100 days of her Commission presidency, the communication published today is more a 24-page schedule for the publication of strategic plans for action specific areas.

These range from air pollution to species loss, with a handful of dates for concrete legislative proposals thrown in. Here is ENDS' summary of the 10 key elements of the EU executive’s communication.

1. The Commission promises a €100bn ‘Just Transition Mechanism’ to help countries establish a 'low-carbon' economy, notably by abandoning coal. The legislation will be tabled in January, possibly on the 8th, according to a provisional schedule). Only €7-8bn or so will come from the EU budget, a Commission official told reporters. The rest will be ‘co-financed’ by the European Investment Bank and by using EU backing to 'leverage' private funding). The motto is “leave no one behind”.

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