As soon as the new European Commission headed by Ursula Von der Leyen was announced, an ambitious European Green Deal (EGD) was presented with the aim of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent. In short, the pact is divided into nine areas of action (biodiversity, food chains, agriculture, energy, industry, construction, mobility, pollution and climate) and also includes a Just Transition Mechanism of at least 100 billion euros to support the citizens, businesses and regions most affected by the transition to a green economy. However, anyone interested in this subject risks getting a little lost in the documentation, initiatives and projects announced by the different stakeholders influencing the decision-making on the Green Deal for Europe. With this newsletter, the ETUI aims to provide a synthesis of the latest information and thinking on this topic in an accessible format. Our intention is not only to decode the sometimes complex text at European level, but also to highlight the added value of trade union initiatives on just transition. I would like to thank the European Social Observatory (OSE) team for helping us with the initial concepts and discussions on the production of this original newsletter.
Who is this newsletter for?
And what will readers find in it? It is aimed at trade unions, civil society organisations active on the Green Deal, Members of the European Parliament interested in the subject, the media, and researchers and students working on green issues. Readers will have access to analyses of European regulation (with case studies), discover new reading suggestions, and find out about green initiatives from the European trade union movement or civil society. And indeed, what really makes the etui.greennewdeal newsletter stand out is its focus on trade union action in this area. Other newsletters often focus on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, pointing out the action of non-governmental organisations, but too often ignore the fact that major trade union organisations such as the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and its affiliates are also mobilising and supporting the movement for a transition to an economy that respects the planet and aims to protect future generations.
There is one recent major crisis that has affected the whole world, and that is the Covid-19 pandemic, the effects of which will continue to be felt for generations to come. The social dimension of this crisis and its implications for the ecological transition are among our main concerns. At the beginning of June 2020, I wrote about the four possible post-Covid-19 scenarios and the need to take action to accelerate the ecological transition and the rapid change in growth model. Tomorrow's world is being built today, so we must not leave the arena to those who want a return to the pre-Covid-19 system.
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