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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2019 - European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2019 (debate)
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  Jean Lambert, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Madam President, I would also like to thank our rapporteur from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs for the very good work that she did on this report, and I welcome the growing attention that we’re now seeing being given in the semester process to climate change. The report recalls the need to modernise and decarbonise our industry, our transport, our energy sectors and, as we just heard from the Council, environmental sustainability matters. If we fail to respond properly, we’re going to see our economy and our societies pay an ever-increasing cost, as we struggle to deal with the development and effects of extreme climate events. If we think of the costs over the last year of forest fires, floods, storms, et cetera, and what that has taken out of the public budget and our public services, the need to invest in resilient infrastructure and good strong public services and utilities is absolutely crucial. For that, we need the fiscal space to be able to carry out real investment.

 
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