We have a new Commission with a mission. The speeches given by President von der Leyen and Executive Vice President Timmermans in the European Parliament on 11 December sounded genuine: the European Green Deal is about caring for planet and people. With its focus on efficiency, technology and innovation, however, the Deal risks a counter-productive ‘green growth’ narrative.

Message to EU Leaders: ending overfishing IS climate action! Responding to an urgent appeal from EU Citizens, five Ocean Avengers - lead by Poseidon, God of the Sea, swooped on Brussels this morning to deliver an urgent ultimatum to heads of state attending an EU Council meeting: “Take emergency climate action now! Instruct your fisheries ministers to end overfishing at next week’s EU AGRIFISH Council Meeting”.

Today President of the European Commission, Von der Leyen, presented to the European Parliament the Communication on the European Green Deal.

Dr Monica Verbeek, Executive Director of Seas At Risk said: “Compared to Mr Juncker’s 10 priorities for the Commission in 2014-2019, the European Green Deal looks like the Von der Leyen Commission took a quantum leap, putting climate and nature high on the agenda. We are concerned however that its ‘green growth’ focus seems to go against the European Environment Agency’s warning that Europe will not succeed in "living well within the limits of the planet" by continuing to promote economic growth.”

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