The European Commission released its communication and timeline for the European Green Deal. Upgrading energy and climate targets along with new strategies and legislation for climate adaptation, air quality and biodiversity protection are amongst the measures ahead. While COP25 negotiations block on international carbon market rules, the EU’s assembly of local and regional representatives calls on the Parties of the Paris agreement to foster cooperation with cities and regional governments as the only way to deliver effective climate action and reverse global warming.
Parliament’s budget negotiators are calling on the Council to finalise its position on how the EU’s budget for 2021-202 should look like. With only a year left until the current long-term budget runs out, EU leaders will need to make progress during the two-day summit.
The European Council will meet in Brussels on 12 and 13 December. EU leaders are expected to finalise their guidance on the EU’s long-term strategy on climate change. They will also discuss the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) based on a proposal prepared by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Ahead of the EU leaders meeting, S&D MEPs warn that they will not accept the next multiannual EU budget proposal currently on the table, unless it identifies and increases allocations to citizens’ priorities.
For Parliament’s negotiating team, the preliminary proposal by Finland’s presidency of the Council for the next long-term budget of the EU would “condemn the European Union to failure”.
The General Affairs Council will meet in Brussels on Tuesday 10 December. Agenda highlights include the EU’s multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027, preparations for the December European Council and a hearing of Hungary as regards its compliance with the EU’s values. The meeting will be chaired by Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen.
Achieving ambitious climate goals requires not only political commitments but also significant funds and an effective financing
strategy. The European Commission estimates that reaching the EU climate and energy targets by 2030 will need annual
investments of approximately EUR 180 billion across the EU. Europeans support ambitious climate measures and a clean energy
transition which leaves no country and no citizen behind.
Parliament’s resolutions, press releases and factsheets available online about the MFF and the reform of the EU’s Own Resources.
On Monday 2 December, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU submitted its proposal for the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021–2027 to the member states. Finland finalised the proposal, which meant setting concrete figures in the financial framework.