Germany to lead the EU toward a green COVID-19 recovery
Wednesday, 06 24 2020, Category: Nature, Country: Europe
Germany will use its upcoming presidency of the European Union to steer the bloc towards a climate-friendly economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s environment minister said on Tuesday.
“We always have to keep the big picture in mind. Europe wants to become the first greenhouse gas-neutral continent by 2050. This is the most crucial thing that we can do for future generations,” Svenja Schulze said ahead of a meeting of EU environment ministers.
Germany takes over the rotating EU presidency on July 1 and will chair meetings of EU ministers until the end of the year.
The European Commission has said spending from its proposed 750 billion euro ($846.38 billion) coronavirus recovery fund must “do no harm” to the bloc’s green goals. It has earmarked funding for electric vehicles and low-carbon hydrogen fuel - areas also in line for support from Germany’s national stimulus package.