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Monday, 25 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Climate and environmental emergency - 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) (debate)

  Bas Eickhout, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Madam President, thank you yet again for this important debate on climate. Indeed, it’s going to be historic. If we are going to call the climate emergency this Thursday, as the European Parliament, we then have to follow up. That’s the crucial point. We can declare climate emergencies, but the people on the streets are not asking us for declarations, they are asking us for actions. At the European level, unfortunately – and it’s not your fault – when we go to Madrid, the EU will come empty—handed. We can’t even say that the 2050 climate neutrality target will be embraced by the EU, for example, because in the Czech Republic, a Renew Prime Minister is not signing up to that. That needs to change instead of declarations. What needs to change is that this House needs to change its own behaviour.

So, Finnish Presidency, can you now put forward a question to all the Heads of State, asking that we finally stop the nonsense of the travelling circus of this European Parliament. Then we will be taking action. To the Commission – I know it will not be you, it will be the new Commission – it’s about time that this climate law talks about urgent actions and not just 2050 again. We have had enough of empty declarations. We need action.

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