EEB Commission priorities Jan 16

When the current Juncker Commission came into office just over a year, it promised to be “big on the big things” in its published 10 priorities. Apart from climate change, the environment was notable by its absence and despite the climate agreement in Paris late last year, the environment in general has continued to be overshadowed by other developments and slipped further down the list of political priorities.

With that in mind, Seas At Risk partner organisation the European Environmental Bureau has published an adjusted set of ten priorities for the Commission, to reflect the new international commitments that the EU has signed up to, including the Paris agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

They are:

1. Investing in a green economy and quality employment

2. Greening the digital market

3. Living well within planetary boundaries

4. A fairer and greener internal market

5. A fairer and greener european monetary union

6. A fair and green global trade agenda

7. Environmental and social justice for all

8. Towards a new policy on migration

9. A responsible and reliable global actor

10. A union of democratic change

Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau, said:

After the agreements on Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate deal, we enter 2016 with hope that our political leaders are ready and willing to tackle the challenges facing Europe and the rest of the world. For the EU, this means a revised agenda with sustainable development at its heart and where environmental, social and economic concerns are addressed in a balanced way. If adopted, our alternative Juncker priorities would be the first step of a real reform agenda for Europe.”

You can see the full details of the revisted priorities on the EEB’s site here.

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