Timmermans promises green recovery to EU lawmakers

(EurActiv, 22 Apr 2020) The European Commission’s Green Deal chief, Frans Timmermans, assured EU lawmakers on Tuesday (21 April) that “every euro” spent on economic recovery measures after the COVID-19 crisis would be linked to the green and digital transitions. EURACTIV Germany reports.

“Every euro we invest must flow into a new economy rather than old structures. We must avoid that at all costs,” he told the European Parliament’s environment committee during a video conference.

“The European Green Deal is a growth strategy and a winning strategy,” the Dutchman said on Twitter after the meeting.

The exchange with Parliament took place two days before EU heads of state and government hold a video summit to agree a recovery plan after the coronavirus crisis.

A proposed “roadmap for recovery” was circulated ahead of the summit by European Council President Charles Michel and the European Commission. It says “the Green transition and the Digital transformation will play a central and priority role in relaunching and modernising our economy.”

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EurActiv, 22 Apr 2020: Timmermans promises green recovery to EU lawmakers