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Tuesday, 7 June 2022 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System - Social Climate Fund - Carbon border adjustment mechanism - Revision of the EU Emissions Trading System for aviation - Notification under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) (joint debate – Fit for 55 (part 1))

  Cristian Terheş (ECR). – Mr President, dear colleagues, when Ursula von der Leyen campaigned in this plenary in 2019 to be elected president of the European Commission, she promised a stronger European Union that provides more prosperity for its citizens. Almost three years after that, we see a weaker Europe and more poor Europeans than before. We have millions of Europeans who cannot make it from one month to another due to increase of energy, food and fuel price.

One of the main causes of this crisis is von der Leyen’s social—engineering, utopian, unrealistic and unfactual—based plan to combat the so-called carbon emissions. And I quote: ‘Emissions must have a price that changes our behaviour’, Ursula said in this plenary in 2019. We see now that her objective from the beginning was not to combat carbon emissions, but to change our behaviour through higher taxes and higher prices. I urge you, therefore, to vote against Fit for 55 plan, which will lead to more poverty and it will make EU less competitive on the global market.

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