We call upon EU and national leaders to tackle the unprecedented crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic with unity, courage and innovation.
At the initiative of Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment committee of the European Parliament, the 'European alliance for a green recovery' was launched on 14 April. This alliance, which CAN Europe is part of, brings together 80 ministers, MEPs, CEOs, NGOs & Trade Unions.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across Europe, citizens worry about their health and that of their loved ones, and also about the impacts on their jobs and livelihoods. During this time of crisis, which is putting many people's livelihoods at risk, it is essential that our leaders issue a strong response, helping to alleviate the uncertainty, especially for the most vulnerable. This response must address the immediate health, social and economic urgency, in a way that improves the resilience of our economy towards crisis and well-being of people and nature.
While Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcome the progress of the ENTSOs in view of stakeholder engagement and their willingness to include a carbon budget into their modelling, we are very concerned about the current set of scenarios.
Today, CAN Europe, CEE Bankwatch and WWF networks are publishing a letter co-signed by national NGOs, cities, regions and business associations calling for the EU institutions to ensure that cohesion policy excludes fossil fuel subsidies in order to support a sustainable and just transition to climate neutrality.
This is a joint letter from a number of European Civil Society Networks to Members of the European Parliament ahead of the crucial Projects on Common Interest, to be voted on in ITRE Wednesday 22/1/2020 ar 10am, asking them to exclude fossil gas projects.
Our European house is on fire. The climate action required to put it out is only meaningful through collective engagement across our continent. With this letter, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, urges the Heads of States and Governments of the European Union Council to take concrete measures to swiftly unlock the stalled progress of the EU accession negotiations, not only with North Macedonia and Albania but also with Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as with Kosovo. We will not achieve a climate-neutral Europe without full integration of the entire Western Balkans.
Read the full letter: pdf Letter on EU accession policy and climate action (279 KB)
This is a joint letter from a number of European Civil Society Networks to Heads of State and Government ahead of European Council on 12-13 December, asking them to safeguard funding for Heading VI (external action).
Ahead of Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 8 November, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe called on Ministers to adopt an ambitious and forward-thinking position on climate finance for the UNFCCC COP25. The EU has a crucial role to play in advancing climate finance issues, to build trust between countries, and to support governments to implement ambitious nationally determined contributions.
We are disappointed that the European Union knowingly missed the opportunity to boost global climate ambition by deciding not to announce an increase of the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.