European Green Deal

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On 11 December 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal reinforcing the EU’s commitment to tackling climate and environmental-related challenges that is this generation’s defining task. The objective of the European Green Deal is to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, ensuring:

  • no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050;
  • economic growth decoupled from resource use;
  • no person and no place left behind.

To deliver the European Green Deal, the EU is carrying out a comprehensive package of initiatives, including policy and legislative proposals and the development and modernisation of financing instruments.

The EESC has been calling for a "Green and Social Deal", stressing the close link between the Green Deal and social justice. It is essential to hear the voice of all stakeholders in order to foster the sustainable and competitive companies of tomorrow in a healthy environment.

The European Green Deal placed a strong emphasis on investment and the financing of the green and sustainable transition. The Green Deal is Europe’s lifeline out of the COVID-19 pandemic. One third of the 1.8 trillion euro investments from the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan, and the EU’s seven-year budget finances the European Green Deal. This boost in funding opportunities aims to turn the crisis into a transformational opportunity for the future of Europe.

The EESC plays a crucial role in monitoring the implementation of the European Green Deal initiatives and actions. The EESC prepares opinions and organises activities (see side menu on the left of this page) to ensure the EU institutions take into account the views of organised civil society and the Green Deal initiatives are coherent with the economic, social and civic circumstances on the ground.

Due to the transversal and all-encompassing nature, the European Green Deal is covered by all EESC Sections and CCMI.

  • Adopted on 24/03/2021 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Reference
    TEN/725-EESC-2020-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    EESC opinion: Methane Strategy
  • Adopted on 24/03/2021 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Reference
    TEN/724-EESC-2020-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Germany
    EESC opinion: State of the Energy Union Report 2020 and Assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans
  • Adopted on 24/03/2021 - Bureau decision date: 15/09/2020
    Reference
    CCMI/177-EESC-2020
    Workers - GR II
    Romania
    (Slovakia

    In September 2020, the European Commission presented the Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, which also contains the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials.

    EESC opinion: Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability
  • Adopted on 24/02/2021 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Reference
    TEN/723-EESC-2020-04884
    Workers - GR II
    France
    Employers - GR I
    Romania
    EESC opinion: A Renovation Wave for Europe
  • Adopted on 27/01/2021 - Bureau decision date: 14/07/2020
    Reference
    TEN/718-EESC-2020
    Workers - GR II
    France

    The EESC considers that the European Union must overcome the COVID-19 crisis by building a new model for society, one which will make our economies more green, just and resistant to future shocks. European recovery funds must enable businesses, innovators, workers and investors to affirm their role as world leaders in the expanding clean energy markets.

    EESC opinion: Hydrogen strategy (Communication)
  • Adopted on 27/01/2021 - Bureau decision date: 14/07/2020
    Reference
    TEN/717-EESC-2020-01-01
    Diversity Europe - GR III
    Germany

    The European Economic and social Committee (EESC) supports the Commission's intention as set out in its Communication: integration of the electricity system with the heat and transport system is vital to reach the goals of climate neutrality, security of energy supply, including reduction of energy imports, and the goal of affordable prices for Europe's consumers and the European economy.

    EESC opinion: EU Strategy for Energy System Integration
  • Adopted on 02/12/2020 - Bureau decision date: 28/10/2020
    Reference
    SOC/659-EESC-2020
    EESC opinion: Protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work
  • Adopted on 02/12/2020 - Bureau decision date: 20/02/2020
    Reference
    SOC/636-EESC-2020-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania

    This opinion is being prepared at a time where the shift to a low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever and where new "green" occupations emerge and existing jobs need to be "greened". This implies needs for new skill sets, which necessitate updated curricula or even new qualifications across education and training levels. These new "green skills" can range from very technical and job-specific skills to "softer" skills such as responsible use of resources, which can be relevant across occupations, levels of hierarchy and sectors. While the "greening" of the economy creates skill needs, particularly in specific sectors such as energy and resource efficiency, construction and manufacturing, moving towards a circular economy creates "green" skill needs across the board.

    EESC opinion: Towards an EU strategy for enhancing green skills and competences for all (own-initiative opinion)
  • Adopted on 29/10/2020 - Bureau decision date: 28/05/2020
    Reference
    ECO/520-EESC-2020-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Malta

    This additional opinion updates and complements the proposals made in the original ASGS opinion, adopted in February this year. The EESC welcomes the step forward towards embracing a more social, inclusive and sustainable economic model, particularly given the economic and social effects of COVID-19. To support the economic recovery and public investment, and in support of a digital and green transformation, the EESC believes that a revision of the Stability and Growth Pact, flexibility in state aid rules and a rethink of tax policy is necessary. Well-resourced public health measures and social security systems are likewise of vital importance. The EESC also welcomes the Commission's proposals for Next Generation EU and sees the ASGS as an opportunity for the EU to shift towards an economic model that gives equal weighing to both economic and social objectives.

    EESC opinion: The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020 (additional opinion)
  • Adopted on 27/10/2020 - Bureau decision date: 18/02/2020
    Reference
    SOC/637-EESC-2020
    Workers - GR II
    Lithuania