World Earth Day is an opportunity for Europe to highlight its climate ambitions. The Renew Europe group is determined to achieve sustainable changes by implementing the European Climate Pact to which we committed ourselves in December 2020. A crucial agreement was reached this week at European level with the adoption of the European Climate Law. The EU has strongly committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However, this success is only a step towards the strengthening of our climate policies.
The European Union is a main global actor in the fight against climate change, and a strong advocator of international agreements, like the Kyoto protocol (1997) and the Paris Agreement (2016), to secure a global response. We must continue strengthen our leadership to encourage international cooperation and coordinated global actions. Therefore, we welcome the Leaders Summit organized today by US President Joe Biden, to enable global climate ambitions in the run-up to COP26, to be held in Glasgow in November.
Dacian Cioloş (USR+, Romania), president of the Renew Europe group, said:
"The European Union is on the right track to implement its climate commitments. The agreement reached this week on the European climate law is proof of our determination and serious concern. On this Earth Day, we welcome the initiative of the President of the United States to bring together 40 world leaders for a summit dedicated to climate and biodiversity. We need a global partner like the United States to commit to international climate agreements, always aiming at securing global responses.”
Pascal Canfin (Renaissance, France), chair of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, said:
"This summit marks the return of the United States to the camp of ambition. The effort involved in the new US climate target is to be welcomed. Now we must accelerate together to change the rules of the game that will allow us to lead the rest of the world toward alignment with the requirements of the Paris Agreement."
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