Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze commented on the European Green Deal presented by the EU Commission today:
"This is a clever, consistent and comprehensive package. It puts climate action and environmental protection where it belongs: at the core of European policies. The Commission lays out a plan that gives all areas a more socially and environmentally sound direction, from industry and transport to agriculture and forests.
In the end, results will depend on the specific legislative proposals of the Commission. It is important to me that this green programme for growth will also be socially just. The goal of the overarching concept is clear: greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. This provides both industry and society with planning certainty and opens up new avenues for future-oriented industries.
The Commission also proposes raising the EU 2030 climate target to between 50 and 55 percent. This is an opportunity, which we want to exploit to also motivate other major economies to step up their climate action efforts. The message is clear: Europe takes climate action very seriously and is demonstrating a global leadership role.
Many aspects of the Commission’s announcement today will be negotiated during the German Council presidency next year. I see an opportunity for all of us to turn climate action and environmental protection into a project for the future that will unite Europe and give it a new purpose."