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Council and Court of auditors now on the same page: at least 20% of EU budget must feed climate action

It turns out that the call of the European Court of Auditors to increase spending on climate action is finally being heard, as a result of our efforts to demonstrate that the EU budget must serve higher climate ambitions.

A report from the European Court of Auditors published on 22 November 2016 highlighted "a serious risk that the EU’s target of spending at least one euro in every five of the EU budget on climate action between 2014 and 2020 would not be met".

Against this background, CAN Europe strongly advocated for making the EU Budget compatible with EU's climate goals and the Paris agreement objectives. It seems our efforts have paid off to some large extent. The ECOFIN council has recently endorsed that at least 20% of the current EU budget genuinely go to climate action. It has also urged the Commission and Member States to identify areas in spending programs with untapped potential to increase climate action investments, to monitor the climate impact of EU funds and to further mainstream climate action in the EU budget, for the current period and for the new EU budget post-2020.

CAN Europe will follow this up!

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  • Letter from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.
  • Letter to EU ministers on climate and environmental action in development funding

    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.
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