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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aurelia Beigneux
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Renovation of housing as part of the European Green Deal and support for the ‘Pledge to renew the mining area’

In December 2019, the Commission unveiled a European Green Deal, the objective of which is to reduce carbon emissions in the EU.

In this connection, an official in the Commission’s Directorate General responsible for the environment, said that one of the key projects in the Green Deal would be a housing renovation programme designed to make buildings more energy-efficient.

The thermal renovation of private buildings will bring not only environmental benefits, but social benefits too, as it will result in lower energy bills. This could be a positive step forward, provided that sufficient resources are earmarked for these activities.

France understands the need for thermal optimisation in housing and has earmarked funds for the renovation of social housing in the Pas-de-Calais mining area as part of the project ‘Pledge to renew the mining area’. 

Can the Commission say whether the thermal renovation element of the European Green Deal will be integrated with the national policies already planned? Can we hope that, in the context of territorial aid, EU funding for the renovation of social housing will complement the resources already pledged by the French State – and not replace them? 

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