President Sassoli at the opening of United Nations Climate Change Conference 

 

The President stresses that transition to green economy can lead to boost in growth and the creation of high-quality jobs

Today, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli participated in the opening of the United Nations climate change conference (COP25) taking place in Madrid 2-13 December.

Sassoli took part in a meeting of all European leaders attending the COP 25, alongside Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, President of the Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, and President of the Council Charles Michel.

Following the meeting, President Sassoli said:

"Europe is ready to take the lead in the fight against climate change. We will speak with one voice at COP25 to defend ambitious goals, necessary to get the results our planet needs. Europe will play a significant role but we need all other global players on-board. Ambitious goals need to be supported by an ambitious budget. The transition to a low-carbon economy must be fair and leave no one behind.

During his participation at the COP25, Sassoli stressed his conviction that the transition will lead to sustainable economy that will boost economic growth and the create new high-quality jobs. In the afternoon, President Sassoli took part in a roundtable with civil society.  During the debate on building a safer world, President Sassoli stated:

“The scientific consensus is clear - business as usual is no longer an option. The world must do more, and faster. Last week, the European Parliament recognised the unprecedented importance of the threat that humanity faces. We declared a climate emergency and pledged to urgently take the measures necessary to combat this threat and contain it before it is too late. I now carry that message to world leaders, and call on them to do the same.

“This goal involves profound societal and economic changes. We must ensure that throughout this transition we support the competitiveness of our economies, with strong social and inclusion measures to ensure that no one is left behind. In Europe, our Green Deal will have to address these challenges”

During the working visit in Madrid, President Sassoli also met the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.