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„Niekas neturi būti paliktas nuošalyje“: #Climate and #EUBudget atsverimas ES viršūnių susitikime

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European leaders rallied in Brussels on Thursday (12 December) at a Council summit where talk will focus on two major issues: the bloc’s budget and climate change, rašo Matthew Holroydas.

Ši gruodžio mėnesio Taryba, kuri tęsis penktadienį (gruodžio 13 d.), yra pirmasis naujųjų Europos institucijų vadovų – ES Komisijos pirmininkės Ursulos von der Leyen ir ES Tarybos pirmininko Charleso Michelio – aukščiausiojo lygio susitikimas.

Didžiosios Britanijos ministras pirmininkas Borisas Johnsonas viršūnių susitikime nedalyvavo, nes JK ketvirtadienį (gruodžio 12 d.) balsavo visuotiniuose rinkimuose.

Upon arrival, French president Emmanuel Macron praised the “extremely ambitious agenda” of the new European Commission and Council and said that EU leaders would on Thursday “advance altogether on a very important topic, that of our climate ambition”.

One of the priorities of this Summit, Macron said, is “carbon neutrality by 2050. We will do everything we can to convince all our partners that this transition is essential. This will be at the heart of our talks this afternoon.”

On budget, Macron said that it would fund “policies for the future of Europe: climate, but also digital, AI, defence, migration”. “There will be disagreements, we won’t reach an agreement today, but we will set a method and an agenda”, the French president said.

“We know only too well that climate change will bring profound changes in our societies and economies,” Sassoli said in a statement.

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“This is why the measures we take must support competitiveness and be accompanied by far-reaching social and inclusion measures, in order to guarantee a just transition, which fosters job creation and reflects the need for a high level of welfare protection.” He added: “No one must be left behind. Efforts made by those who depend predominantly on carbon-based industries must be recognized and supported.”

Ahead of the summit’s opening on Thursday morning, EU Council President Charles Michel (nuotraukoje) said that climate and the European Union’s budget were priority topics.

“Climate change is the number one priority for this afternoon’s meeting”, Michel said. Climate neutrality is a very important goal, it is also a strong signal for the future of Europe. It means we have to invest massively in research, in innovation, in new, strong projects for the future.”

“I hope it will be possible to reach an agreement during this summit”, Michel added.

The Council, he said, should find “the right balance between classical policies like cohesion, agriculture, and the new policies, like migration, climate change, innovation”.

“We are ready to sign the EU 2050 climate agreement with conditions”, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, however, put a dent in Michel’s hope, declaring at the start of the summit that he would not agree to the EU’s target to become climate neutral by 2050 if the deal did not include nuclear energy.

“Nuclear energy is clean energy”, Babiš said. “I don’t know why people have a problem with this.”

Ketvirtadienį prieš viršūnių susitikimą Lietuvos, Latvijos, Lenkijos ir Čekijos ūkininkai Briuselyje protestavo prieš ES institucijas ir ragino ES lyderius Europos biudžete skirti daugiau lėšų žemės ūkiui:

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Europos Vadovų Tarybos posėdžiai vyksta kas tris mėnesius Briuselyje.

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