Environment committee chair Pascal Canfin MEP on the climate law and circular economy plan

The first 100 days of Ursua von der Leyen’s European Commission culminated this week with the publication of the ‘climate law’ proposal, part of the European Green Deal, which would set a 2050 decarbonisation target. ENDS interviewed by email the liberal Renew Europe group’s chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee, Pascal Canfin, about the commission’s progress on climate and environmental policy.

Q. How do you gauge the first three months in terms of progress in environmental and climate policy? What have been the most positive signs, and have any signals from the commission given you particular cause for concern?

A. “This is only the beginning of a long path to climate neutrality. We need to keep working and do more. But the past few months have been busy on all fronts.

“At the European Parliament, in December, we declared a climate state of emergency. At the end of 2019, we also voted on the taxonomy resolution agreeing on a common vocabulary for financial investments and we also worked on the transformation of the EIB into a Climate Bank.

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