the”Green deal” is an ambitious package of measures proposed by the European Commission to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal it is necessary to toughen climate targets by 2030. The EU wants to cut CO2 emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990. The Chairman of the EC Ursula von der Leyen considers it possible to increase this goal to 50-55 percent.
In December 2019 at the summit of the heads of EU member States was evident contradictions with respect to deadlines “green deal” and its funding. Thus, Poland, which gets almost 80 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, insisting to postpone the implementation of the project at 2070, and the Czech Republic, and Hungary required to classify nuclear power as environmentally friendly. Obviously, they hope to use EU funds for the construction of new nuclear power stations. “We need the confidence that no one will hurt us to build nuclear power plants,” – said the Czech Prime Minister Andrew Babish.
the European Commission has proposed to allocate to the transition to a climate neutral lifestyle 100 billion euros. However, some member States this seems an empty promise. Because now the debate begins about the next seven-year EU budget, from which must come the funds. And the debate has already started not only on the size of the budget, but also about how it will be used. The conflict is complicated by the inevitable British exit from the European Union, writes Deutsche Welle.
it is noted that a conflict of interest relating to the budget are obvious. Net donors, such as Germany, tend to want to limit it, whereas the net recipients, the Eastern Europeans are more interested in the tools extension. They believe that climate protection can go a lot of money. There is not enough funds to help poor regions. “We cannot let Brussels bureaucrats to saddle poor people and poor countries the cost of combating climate change,” warned the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban.
the discussions around the “green deal” brought the newspaper Tagesspiegel. “Until climate neutrality is still far. A broad consensus on this goal should not obscure the fact that real conflicts are already raging under the green blanket of euphoria. In the end, to be committed to the political ambitions is one thing. To address specific actions that will lead to their implementation, is another. Instead of having to join the EU in the noble pursuit of clean air and sustainable economic activity, “green deal” will draw new dividing lines and will create a hard trench warfare,” – said in comments the newspaper.