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 17/01/2024 - Bureau decision date: 11/07/2023
    Reference
    INT/1043-EESC-2023-03693-00-00-AC-TRA
    Employers - GR I
    Germany
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Belgium
    Plenary session number
    584
    -

    The Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union asked the EESC to provide their insights on the rethinking of the internal market in light of the acceleration of the Union’s twin transitions towards a green and digital economy and on crafting a European Industrial Strategy that positions industries as the backbone of Europe's economy.

    EESC opinion: Developing a new European strategy for the Internal Market: helping our businesses to meet technological, social, environmental and competition challenges
  • Adopted on 25/10/2023 - Bureau decision date: 25/04/2023
    Reference
    NAT/908-EESC-2023
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    582
    -

    EESC opinion NAT/908 - Plants produced by new genomic techniques.

    EESC opinion: Plants produced by new genomic techniques
  • Adopted on 13/07/2023 - Bureau decision date: 13/12/2022
    Reference
    NAT/890-EESC-2023-01-01
    Employers - GR I
    Spain
    Workers - GR II
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    580
    -

    This exploratory opinion will be an opportunity to follow up on the EESC work on sustainable food systems, address the causes of obesity as the social determinant of health and provide recommendations for promoting healthier and sustainable diets, healthy lifestyle habits and protection of vulnerable children to feed into the work of the Spanish presidency.

    EESC opinion: Measures to reduce child obesity
  • Adopted on 22/02/2023 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2022
    Reference
    NAT/877-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    576
    -
    EESC opinion: Review of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive
  • Adopted on 22/02/2023 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2022
    Reference
    NAT/878-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    France
    Plenary session number
    576
    -
    EESC opinion: Integrated water management – revised lists of surface and groundwater pollutants
  • Adopted on 22/02/2023 - Bureau decision date: 20/09/2022
    Reference
    NAT/879-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Lithuania
    Plenary session number
    576
    -
    EESC opinion: Revision of EU ambient air quality legislation
  • Adopted on 14/12/2022 - Bureau decision date: 14/07/2022
    Reference
    NAT/873-EESC-2022
    Workers - GR II
    Germany
    Plenary session number
    574
    -

    Considering the extent of the food security crisis and the urgency to address the issue of excessive commodity speculation, the aim of this own-initiative opinion is to analyse the current situation in more detail; gather experts' views on the impacts of commodity speculation on food price increases and food security worldwide; and provide civil society's recommendations on policy measures that are needed to address excessive price speculation and increase market transparency.

    EESC opinion: Food price crisis: the role of speculation and concrete proposals for action in the aftermath of the Ukraine war
  • Adopted on 21/09/2022 - Bureau decision date: 22/02/2022
    Reference
    NAT/864-EESC-2022-01-01
    Workers - GR II
    Czech Republic
    EESC opinion: Social dialogue within the green transition
  • Adopted on 15/06/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Reference
    NAT/847-EESC-2022
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Lithuania

    The current F-gas Regulation 517/2014 intends to reduce the EU’s F-gas emissions by two-thirds by 2030 compared with 2014 levels. At EU level, F-gases currently account for 2.5 % of total greenhouse gas emissions. In line with the Climate Law, the new F-gas proposal will contribute to reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.

    EESC opinion: Revision of the F-gas regulation
  • Adopted on 15/06/2022 - Bureau decision date: 19/10/2021
    Reference
    NAT/848-EESC-2022

    The ‘REFIT’ evaluation concluded that while the current Regulation was generally fit for purpose, it could be better aligned with the European Green Deal and its design could be slightly improved. In this context, the proposal aims to replace the ODS Regulation, while maintaining a strict level of control.

    EESC opinion: Revision of the ozone depleting substances regulation