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Debates
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Climate and ecological emergency (topical debate)
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  Ciarán Cuffe (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, the European Green Deal will only succeed if it makes a real difference in people’s lives. In transport and environment we have a real challenge and Frans Timmermans and Kadri Simson have a real struggle ahead of them.

The urban agenda for the EU is a good starting point for their work. Why? Because it puts air quality, housing and urban poverty at the heart of a just transition through regulation, funding and knowledge. So, Mr Timmermans, I want you to promote active travel and that means walking and cycling. The end result is less traffic and a healthier population. I want you to join up urban planning and transport policies so people can travel less and easier. And to Ms Simson, speed up retrofitting. This tackles fuel poverty. Start with public housing and give us an A energy rating to public homes. And make the European super grid a reality so that green electricity can travel to where it is needed.

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