EU leaders mentioned on March 26 measures essential to get again to a traditional functioning of
Europe’s societies and economies should combine the inexperienced transition and the digital transformation.
Following the casual European Council digital summit on March 26, EU leaders adopted a joint assertion on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, calling on the European Parliament and Commission to “prepare the measures necessary to get back to a normal functioning of our societies and economies and to sustainable growth, integrating inter alia the green transition and the digital transformation, and drawing all lessons from the crisis.” “This will require a coordinated exit strategy, a comprehensive recovery plan and unprecedented investment. We invite the President of the Commission and the President of the European Council, in consultation with other institutions, especially the ECB, to start work on a Roadmap accompanied by an Action Plan to this end,” the assertion learn.
“We must also draw all the lessons of the present crisis and start reflecting on the resilience of our societies when confronted with such events. In that respect, the time has come to put into place a more ambitious and wide-ranging crisis management system within the EU. We invite the Commission to make proposals in that respect,” the joint assertion learn.
Commenting on the joint assertion, SolarEnergy Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger mentioned the choice of the European Council to incorporate the inexperienced transition as a key aspect of the European COVID-19 stimulus package deal is sensible and forward-looking. “Solar power, as the most job intensive, low-cost and easily deployed renewable technology can play an important role in this regard. We are collaborating closely with our members to bring forward concrete proposals with the aim of mitigating the effects of the virus on the European solar sector and boosting new investments across the entire solar industrial value chain,” she mentioned.
Greenpeace mentioned forward of the digital summit the EU’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic should give attention to saving lives and assist make our societies fairer, greener and extra resilient to future crises.
“Corporate bailouts must not be blank cheques, but conditional on the protection of workers and a transition to a just and green society. Governments and the EU should not repeat the mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis and hand out cash to big corporate players with no strings attached,” Greenpeace EU democracy coverage adviser Ariadna Rodrigo argued.
Greenpeace, together with many others, referred to as for any EU assist or stimulus package deal to assist construct a fairer and extra resilient society, based mostly on higher well being care, employment requirements, social and environmental protections.
In its inaugural European Green Deal package deal, the European Commission set the stage for an environmental transition, Greenpeace mentioned, including that the present Covid-19 disaster and the ensuing financial downturn demonstrates the profound want for the social and financial transition to be each simply and inexperienced, enabling us to be resilient within the face of disaster, together with well being, inequality, local weather and biodiversity.