Over one million people and 100
environmental NGOs across Europe are calling on the European Union to restart
its economy by launching the biggest green investment plan the world has ever
seen, financed by the bloc's increased budget and recovery instrument.
Tomorrow, MEPs will decide what they want in the EU's Recovery Fund and
seven-year budget ahead of the European Commission's much awaited proposal next
To date over 1.2 million people from
across the world have joined campaigns at avaaz, WeMove Europe, and SumOfUs, supporting the call for a bold,
green recovery in Europe.
Alongside, the Green 10
coalition of environmental organisations have organised an appeal urging lawmakers to design a green, healthy and just
recovery with a fund investing hundreds of billions into home renovations,
scaling up renewable energy, restoring natural habitats, boosting public
transport and zero-emission mobility, and greening agriculture.
The environmental groups have
stressed that all recovery plans must put people's wellbeing at the heart of
the crisis response, deliver social benefits and protect workers' rights
through a 'just transition for all'. The NGOs and petitioners warn against EU
and national governments bailing out polluting industries involved in sectors
such as gas, oil and coal, chemicals, cars and airlines. Any stimulus
investments must be conditional on companies' alignment with social,
environmental and climate objectives. The EU must improve the environmental
safeguards of the next budget, dedicating at least 50% to climate and the
environment and excluding all fossil fuel subsidies.