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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

EU response to extreme meteorological events and their impacts: how to protect European urban areas and their cultural heritage (debate)
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  Niklas Nienaß (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, Article 167 of the Treaty states ‘action by the Union shall be aimed at the conservation and safeguarding the cultural heritage of European significance’. How to fulfill this duty? Well the last weeks have proven that once again one of the solutions is tackling climate change.

What we do not need now is this religious-like belief that future technology will save us, is this bullshitting around of denying climate change or this useless discussion about what to do. We know what to do: stop coal until 2030; implement an ETS that covers all sectors with a limited amount of certificates; introduce additional carbon taxes on transport and travel; establish a border adjustment and use all the revenues for climate research adaptation and mitigation. But what we also need is more money to save our European culture. I call for a fund for the salvation of heritage sites with special significance for our common European history. We must protect our background, but also invest in a common cultural future or, as Robert Schuman put it in 1951, ‘much more than an economic alliance, Europe has to become a cultural union’.

 
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