In December 2019, the European Commission unveiled the European Green Deal (EGD) and committed to reaching climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. Since then, despite the obstacles and damages caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic and social crises, the European Union’s political will to stay “on track” with the objectives of the EGD has led to a series of important policy developments.
The EGD recognises that climate change affects people in vulnerable situations the most and that the shift to a sustainable economy will impact jobs and the whole of society; however, its proposal for a socially Just Transition includes mainly financial support to the regions and sectors that depend on fossil fuels or carbon-intensive processes.
SOLIDAR’s briefing paper sets out some of the main components of the EGD, with a particular look at its elements that present a stronger social aspect, and outlines SOLIDAR’s brief assessment of the overall strategy from a Just Transition perspective.
Link to the full document: https://www.solidar.org/system/downloads/attachments/000/001/468/original/Briefing_Paper_100_-_European_Green_Deal.pdf?1645614977