The SNP welcome the European Green Deal

SNP MEP Aileen McLeod and Member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee has today welcomed the publication of the European Commission’s plans for a “European Green Deal”. This was presented by the new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in an extraordinary session of the European Parliament. 

The European Green Deal provides a roadmap with actions to tackle climate change, boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a more sustainable and circular economy, revert biodiversity loss and cut pollution. It outlines the investments needed and the financing tools available, and explains how the Commission plans to ensure a just and inclusive transition to the goal of a climate neutrality Europe by 2050. 

Aileen said:

"I welcome today's publication of the Commission's plans for a European Green Deal for the EU and its citizens how we tackle the climate and environmental emergency we face.

“However, this is just the beginning of the journey towards a carbon neutral future and a just transition must be our guiding light throughout that period. There will be difficult decisions in the future but there are also opportunities. The European Green Deal has the potential to not only transform our economy and society but also to fundamentally repurpose our economy to one that delivers a better quality of life for all of Europe's citizens and to do so in a way that is sustainable, fair, just and leaves no one behind.

“The just transition is at the heart of the Scottish Government's Green Deal where we are also working together with Iceland and New Zealand through the group of wellbeing economy governments to ensure the wellbeing of current and future generations and the health of our planet is at the heart of everything we do. 

“Achieving and delivering the European Green Deal must be a shared endeavour and only by working together linking our internal policies to our external trade policies can we build the future we all want to see. The EU is the obvious platform to deliver this future and Scotland is keen to play its part from inside the EU.”

For more information see the European Commission press release available here