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27 Mar 2020

Frédéric Simon, EURACTIV.com

EU leaders back ‘green transition’ in pandemic recovery plan

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27 March 2020

...EU heads of states concluded an EU summit on Thursday evening (26 March) with a call to prepare the post-crisis period.

EU institutions should “start to prepare the measures necessary to get back to a normal functioning of our societies and economies,” said the final communiqué... Such measures should promote “sustainable growth... integrating inter alia the green transition and the digital transformation, and drawing all lessons from the crisis.”

“We invite the president of the Commission and the president of the European Council... to start work on a roadmap accompanied by an action plan to this end,” the statement says.

In an open letter sent to the presidents of EU institutions, WWF and other environmental groups called for the recovery plan to be future-proof and drawn up in a transparent way.

“[T[the stimulus packages must support ‘future-proofing’ companies through a rapid shift of their business models towards sustainability,” the letter adds...