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Firms, associations, NGOs to urge EU leaders to confirm European Green Deal after European elections

Firms institutions NGOs urge EU leaders confirm European Green Deal

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June 4, 2024

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More than two hundred companies, associations and non-governmental organizations are preparing to send an open letter after the upcoming European elections to the heads of state of European Union member countries. According to the draft, they will urge the national leaders to reaffirm their dedication to the European Green Deal. The initiative is open to join by June 14.

A group of stakeholders such as renewable energy developers Akuo, BayWa r.e. and OX2, but also associations and nongovernmental organizations including Euroheat and Power and the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) have rang the alarm bell regarding the EU’s path toward climate neutrality.

The European Green Deal was announced as the overarching strategy and growth engine, they noted. In a draft statement, more than 200 signatories so far stressed that the draft European Council conclusions in April on the strategic agenda referred only once to the initiative. They highlighted the European Green Deal’s benefits for “competitiveness, job creation and sovereignty alongside sustainability.”

Bad signal to markets, investors, citizens

Losing the framing would send a bad signal to markets, investors and citizens that need stable political commitment, the group warned. The multi-stakeholder public statement is planned to be sent to heads of state after the European elections, urging them to confirm the Green Deal as a strategic priority in the next EU mandate.

EU heads of state and government have scheduled a summit for June 27

Citizens will be voting for members of the European Parliament from June 6 to 9. The EU leaders are set to receive the message before they convene on June 27, the call adds. Other companies, local entities and NGOs can sign the open letter by June 14.

Brite Hellas, Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association and Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia are some of the participants from the region covered by Balkan Green Energy News. The list also includes RE-Source Platform.

European Green Deal should be complemented with clean industrial deal

Furthermore, stakeholders want EU leaders to complement the European Green Deal with a “clean industrial deal” and incorporate a “clean industrial deal investment plan” in the next budget. They demand the joint financial instruments to be aligned with the goals, to support cities and regions and the appointment of an executive vice-president of the European Commission who would be responsible for both deals.

“The fossil fuel crisis catapulted Europe into a new paradigm. The energy trilemma of sustainability, affordability, and security of supply now clearly points in one direction: delivering and completing the Green Deal – replacing fossil fuels and shifting to a sustainable, circular and just economy – is essential to all of Europe’s strategic objectives,” the signatories said in the draft open letter.

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