Inequality and the Green Deal
Question for written answer E-000821/2020
to the Commission
Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL)
The idea behind the movement for a Green Deal is that massive state intervention should be used to combat two intertwined crises – social and economic inequalities, and climate and environmental breakdown.
The European Green Deal, on the other hand, is described in the Commission’s communication as ‘a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050, and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use’.
Indeed, the Commission’s Green Deal Communication of December 2019 fails to mention the word ‘inequality’ even once. It does not mention rising social and economic inequality as one of the crises that needs to be addressed.
Can the Commission list all the proposals in the Green Deal Communication that aim to address inequalities, and explain how they are related to this aim?
Will the Commission put forward any proposals that explicitly aim to address inequalities?
Why has the Commission generally neglected inequalities in the Green Deal? It cannot be claimed that the Just Transition Mechanism has the goal of addressing inequalities, as it only mentions the broad idea ‘leave no one behind’ when tackling climate change.