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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

2020 budgetary procedure: joint text (debate)

  Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, I would like to thank Commissioner Oettinger for his presentation. Commissioner, you say that 21.1% will go to fight climate change. But I’d like to ask you whether you are not concerned about the lack of joined—up thinking when it comes to dealing with climate change. Do you not think that all infrastructure projects relating to fossil fuel should be banned at this stage – all new projects – and that we need to move on? For example, we are looking at a liquefied natural gas terminal in the Shannon estuary. It will lock us into fracked shale gas for at least 30 years. Do you honestly believe, Commissioner, that this is the way forward? This is to support the American expansion of fracking in America. It can’t be good.

Someone said that there was 50 million extra to be called upon if necessary. Do you not think, given that we have 25 million children across Europe at risk of poverty, that this should now be immediately directed to help those people out of poverty?

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