Eickhout: Next step for Europe is a ‘Green New Deal’ for industry

(EurActiv, 4 Apr 2019) Europe must adopt an ambitious industrial policy aligned with its climate agenda by investing in clean technologies, and introducing a carbon tariff at the EU’s external border in order to protect industries against environmental dumping, says Bas Eickhout, the lead candidate for the Greens in the European elections.

Bas Eickhout is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament. Together with his German colleague Ska Keller, he is co-leading the Greens’ campaign for the European elections. Eickhout spoke to Pavol Szalai, senior editor at EURACTIV Slovakia.

At the March EU summit, leaders committed to reach climate neutrality but without giving themselves a deadline. Why is that?

The European Council is divided and – as usually in such a case – it is kicking the can down the road.

They know they have to come up with conclusions. All countries that signed the Paris Agreement committed to proposing a long-term strategy. All European countries signed it and they were all celebrating its importance.

But this is the problem with a lot of governments: They love to celebrate the Paris Agreement and when Donald Trump stepped out of it they bashed him and said they would take the lead. And then they can’t find an agreement even on the simple question of a long-term projection.

This is the typical example of where European governments stand on climate. They talk a lot about it and pretend to be very ambitious, but in reality, they are divided and are totally not delivering on what many people in the streets are asking for.

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