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Commission communication on the European Green Deal

13. Dec 2019

On December 11, 2019, the European Commission has presented, in the form of a communication, “The European Green Deal” as a response to the climate and environmental-related challenges Europe and the world are facing. The European Green Deal is also presented as a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy.
 
To reach these objectives a set of deeply transformative policies are planned in eight specific areas (climate ambition, clean, affordable and secure energy, clean and circular economy, energy and resource efficient building and renovating, sustainable and smart mobility, Farm to Fork, preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity, zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment). Furthermore, a “mainstreaming” of sustainability will be introduced for all EU policies.
 
The Commission communication stresses the central role of research and innovation for the implementation of the European Green Deal, especially also in the specific policy areas mentioned above. It is therefore to be expected that the European Green Deal will have a strong influence on the thematic content of Horizon Europe.
 
The annex accompanying the communication outlines a number of key policies and measures for the implementation of the European Green Deal in the coming years, including, among others, a „Strategy for offshore wind“, a „Circular Econonmy Action Plan“, a “Proposal to support Zero carbon steel-making processes by 2030“, a „EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030“ and a “New EU Forest Strategy“.