Von der Leyen’s French inspiration on climate protection

(EurActiv, 22 Jul 2019) Ursula von der Leyen has great plans for environmental protection. Some of her ideas have long been propagated by France, but have been ignored by Germany so far. Can the next European Commission President change that? EURACTIV Germany reports.

President-elect von der Leyen made big promises to MEPs during her speech in Strasbourg. She highlighted that environmental protection is “our most urgent task”.

That is why she is now proposing to deliver a “green deal” for Europe that will provide for climate neutrality by 2050.

To finance the ‘green’ transition, she is proposing to convert parts of the European Investment Bank (EIB) into a climate bank to unlock €1 trillion of investment over the next decade.

She also wants to introduce a carbon border tariff to ensure that companies can compete on equal terms,” without them moving to other EU countries to escape carbon costs.

For a decade now, French MPs have been flirting with the idea of a carbon border tariff on products from third countries whose manufacture was particularly CO2-intensive. The idea behind such a tariff is to link climate protection with economic interests and to maintain the competitiveness of the domestic economy in the face of ever-higher environmental standards.

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