MEPs showed their first reaction but concrete actions will follow


On 15 January, the European Parliament adopted in plenary session a joint Motion for a Resolution on the European Green Deal by large majority with 482 votes in favour, 136 against and 95 abstentions.

This document emerged after European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen presented the European Green Deal to the European Parliament last month of December.

Although this resolution is not a binding document, it constitutes European Parliament’s first general reaction to the European Commission communication on the EU Green Deal.

As stated on the resolution “the European Parliament will work out on detailed positions on specific measures and policy actions and will use its legislative powers to review and amend any proposals from the Commission to ensure that they support all the objectives of the Green Deal."

Among the main areas addressed on the text, CEMA is glad to see the focus on the transition to a modern, climate-neutral, highly resource-efficient and competitive industrial base in the EU by 2050. The EP welcomes the announcement of a new industrial strategy, as well as an SME strategy that will reinforce industrial competitiveness while leading towards a climate-neutral reindustrialisation creating local jobs and growth in Europe.

Next to that, the Farm to Fork Strategy also takes a main place on the EP’s resolution to deliver a more sustainable food policy by bringing together efforts to tackle climate change, protect the environment and preserve biodiversity. Besides, this strategy needs to ensure that Europeans get affordable, high-quality and sustainable food, while ensuring a decent living for farmers and supporting the competitiveness of the agricultural sector. To do so, the EP highlights the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the main tool to achieve that and requests policy alignment with the EU’s increased climate and biodiversity ambition.

CEMA will further advocate for the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy to enable the uptake of advanced agricultural machinery and solutions for sustainable farming.

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