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1 Fostering Prosperity & Investing in Europe's Digital Future

Paying the bills and putting food on the table are top priorities for most families. That is why fostering Europe’s prosperity is our top priority. We did so in the past five years by protecting and boosting our economies following the pandemic, helping to make Europe energy independent, and supporting green investments to create green growth. At the same time, we see huge opportunities for Europe’s prosperity in the digital transition. This is why we pioneered cryptocurrency regulations, enacted the world's first law on Artificial Intelligence, and strengthened our cybersecurity. Because your prosperity is our priority.

1.1 WE BUILT A STRONGER EUROPE IN THE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC: THE RECOVERY PLAN

The global COVID-19 pandemic could have brought the European economy on its knees. Instead, Europeans stood united, put old disagreements aside and built together a historic recovery plan, initiated by Renew Europe, to restart the economy after months of lockdowns.

Born out of a call for solidarity and unity in response to the pandemic, the recovery plan represents the EU’s largest-ever financial instrument - no less than €723.8 billion. Its primary goal was to address the economic and social fallout of the pandemic, and gear investments towards green and digital transitions so we would not pour money into old sectors but start anew. Almost 40% of the recovery plan goes to climate expenditure and 20% on digital projects.

1.2 DELIVERING A GREEN ENERGY BOOST FOR EUROPE’S FUTURE: THE REPOWEREU INITIATIVE

We campaigned and helped to deliver the move away from using Russian fossil fuels and the transition towards cleaner, greener energy sources.

The EU is committed to a clean energy future. And this can only happens if we are independent of Russia’s fossils fules and are not exposed to energy blackmail. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlighted the need for a rapid EU-wide plan to achieve energy independence and promote green energy.

REPowerEU is that plan. It provides extra cash (€20 billion, no less) for making homes and industries more energy-efficient, helping people who struggle with energy costs as well as small businesses. Each country can use this money in their own way, as long as it is targeted to reach the EU’s energy and climate goals.

1.3 EU’S LONG-TERM BUDGET: SHOW ME YOUR BUDGET, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU VALUE

Thanks to Renew Europe, the European Parliament achieved additional investments of €16 billion for EU programmes. Something never seen in history before, MEPs tripled funding for health and a minimum of 30% of EU funds will be spent on climate and 10% on biodiversity. Renew Europe ensured the establishment of a Rule of Law conditionality mechanism that now protects the Union’s budget and our values.

1.4 FUNDING EUROPE’S FUTURE: TAXPAYERS ALONE SHOULD NOT FOOT THE BILL!

In 2020, the EU launched a €750 billion recovery plan. That money was borrowed and it will have to be paid back. We found new sources of revenue (“own resources”) to pay back parts of this debt.

The EU budget is mainly financed through transfers from the treasuries of EU countries into the budget of the European Union. Ultimately, this is taxpayers’ money. Renew Europe advocated for new resources to be found, genuine European ones, i.e. money that can only be levied at EU level. We scored some victories in that regard.

In 2021, we set up an EU tax on plastic waste. More sources of income, such as taxes related to carbon emissions and profits of large multinational companies are now being considered. These new sources could bring in over €36 billion per year. We also argue we should be bolder and have taxes on digital giants to pay off the debt incurred by the EU recovery plan.

1.5 WE CRACKED DOWN ON CROOKS AND LED THE FIGHT AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING

After several scandals, it was time to step up the fight against money laundering.

Europeans have been left dismayed by a series of scandals that put economic self-interest above justice and fairness, affecting their hard-earned money. Every EU citizen loses €5 a day due to money laundering. That is almost €1,800 a year. This is unacceptable. Moreover, this money is used to finance wars and terrorism. This has to be stopped.

1.6 WE PIONEERED CRYPTO REGULATION

We have witnessed a surge in cryptocurrencies, a digital form of currency that has taken the financial industry by storm. The European Union is the first region of the world regulating this new digital frontier.

The European Union has put in new laws to ensure that, when it comes to the regulation of Cryptocurrencies, there is a new sheriff in town. Thanks to a new EU regulation, investors are given clarity as to what they really buy on crypto platforms. Crypto dealers must now disclose information. Consumers are given rights so they can no longer be misled. Furthermore, the regulation includes provisions to address market abuse.

1.7 WE MADE THE INTERNET SAFER AND FAIRER

What is illegal in the physical world should also be illegal online.

The connected world we live in has brought many benefits. But it also poses challenges. Manipulative algorithms have been used to spread misinformation and large platforms have wielded disproportionate power in digital markets.

The adoption of two important laws, the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA), along with the new General Product Safety Legislation (GPSR) create a safer and more transparent online environment while offeringmore choices for consumers

1.8 ENSURING FAIR AND TRANSPARENT AI: THE NEW RULES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives, influencing how we work, play, and access essential services like food delivery, finance, and healthcare. These evolving technologies bring numerous benefits but also carry risks if not properly regulated. The ground-breaking action we have led to regulate AI will help shape the future by providing a framework for responsible AI use.

Artificial intelligence is all around us, offering exciting possibilities and opportunities. While it is a fascinating field, it can also be a source of concern due to its opaque inner workings, potential for unethical use, and uncertainty about its impact on our jobs. However, we have taken a significant step to address these concerns by adopting the AI Act, which establishes strict rules, transparency, and governance to make AI safer and more responsible.

The AI Act aims to establish consistent regulations for artificial intelligence. It ensures that AI systems entering the market and being used are safe, while also respecting fundamental rights and values. Additionally, it provides legal clarity for companies developing AI, encourages research and innovation, and fosters a robust European market for trustworthy and secure AI.

1.9 WE IMPROVED OUR CYBERSECURITY IN A CHANGING WORLD

Renew Europe is at the forefront to define the legislation that is needed to increase cybersecurity throughout the Union, making sure we combat cybercrime effectively and online goods and services are safe for the consumers.

Our lives are increasingly intertwined with Our lives are increasingly intertwined with technology. Our phones hold our most detailed information. Yet, we tend to overlook the security aspect of our connected lives. This is no trivial matter. Cyber threats are on the rise. Cybercrime doubled in 2019, ransomware tripled in 2020. This is posing risks not only to our privacy but also our economy, and even national security.

1.10 ACCELERATING CONNECTIVITY ACROSS EUROPE

In a digital age where connectivity is paramount, Renew Europe is spearheading efforts to expedite the deployment of high-speed internet infrastructure across the Union.

The Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA) stands as a pivotal tool in realizing our ambitious 2030 digital decade targets, ensuring that no citizen or business is left behind in the digital revolution.

At its core, the GIA aims to facilitate the rapid deployment of high connectivity, including fiber and 5G networks, through several key measures. Firstly, it seeks to shorten and harmonize the permit process for telecom network operators, simplifying bureaucratic hurdles and reducing administrative burdens. Secondly, the act promotes better coordination among all network operators, including gas, water, and telecom companies, streamlining civil works and expediting network deployment. Additionally, the GIA mandates that all new constructions incorporate high connectivity access points, laying the foundation for a digitally inclusive future.

1.11 SECURING OUR STRATEGIC AUTONOMY: LAUNCHING AN EU-MADE COMMUNICATION SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

The European Union has made a big step forward to launching its own telecommunications satellite constellation.

Our American counterparts are launching communication satellites worldwide but the EU decided to maintain control over strategic and secure communication. Europe is investing € 2.4 billion to launch the first-ever EU-made communication satellite constellation by 2027. Private companies can also join in and offer additional services, such as internet access in remote areas, on top of the government’s offerings.

1.12 RENEW EUROPE SECURED NEW ECONOMIC RULES FOR FISCAL STABILITY, COMPETITIVENESS AND GROWTH

Renew Europe is committed to building a resilient and competitive Europe, ready to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Renew Europe has fought for a significant breakthrough in European economic policy. Following intensive negotiations, an agreement has been on the Economic Governance Review. This landmark agreement paves the way for an updated economic governance framework.

As we come closer to the reactivation of the Stability and Growth Pact in 2024, Renew Europe led negotiations in shaping a new framework. The economic challenges of recent years have been significant, but with this new framework, Member States can work towards sustainable debt levels while also investing in our future and tackling climate change. These investments are crucial for the EU to assert itself as a leading geopolitical force in a world that is becoming increasingly unpredictable.

2 Our fight for more business opportunities and safer choice for consumers

European businesses, large or small, are the motor of the European economy. To support them in creating the sustainable jobs and industries of tomorrow, we worked on cutting unnecessary red tape, allowing room for innovation, and increasing Europe’s competitiveness by levelling the playing field. Of course, no business can survive without consumers, and Europe’s consumers can set global standards with their purchasing power. This is why we intensified and stepped up our game to protect consumer rights.

2.1 WE ENHANCED CONSUMER SAFETY ON THE EU MARKET

Toys, motor vehicles, cosmetics, clothing, and electrical appliances: we made Europe a safer place, one product at a time.

In an era where online shopping has become an integral part of our lives, ensuring the safety of products has never been more crucial. Renew Europe has taken a significant stride in safeguarding the interests of EU consumers through the adoption of the General Product Safety Regulation. This comprehensive regulation extends its protective umbrella to cover all non-food products, whether they are sold offline or online.

2.2 WE DELIVERED A EUROPEAN COMMON CHARGER

Finally one charger for all our electronic devices!

We all have one at home: that drawer filled with cables of different shape - and often none of them fit the need at hand. This will belong to the past.

The European Common Charger is poised to revolutionise the way we power our small and medium-sized electronic gadgets. Under this new regulation, various devices such as mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets, handheld video game consoles, and portable speakers that rely on a wired cable for charging will be required to have a USB Type-C port, irrespective of the manufacturer.

2.3 RIGHT TO REPAIR : A STEP TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

In a pivotal move towards fostering sustainable consumption practices, the Renew Europe Group has championed the Right to Repair Act, aiming to empower consumers, extend product lifespans, and reduce environmental impact. This signifies a significant shift towards prioritizing the circular economy and curtailing the pervasive throwaway culture that has long plagued modern societies.

2.4 WE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR CONSUMERS TO MAKE ECO-FRIENDLY PURCHASES

Renew Europe worked to put an end to green washing with new labelling rules and clearer methodologies.

In the ever-changing world of consumer products, Renew Europe is set to make your lives better and safer. We have been working on two crucial directives to make your day-to-day life better without you even realizing. The Product Liability Directive and the directive for Empowering Consumers for the Green Transition bring many benefits to our lives.

With the Product Liability Directive, we want to protect consumers in the digital age - the goal is to protect consumers from harm caused by unsafe products, especially in the digital age.

2.5 WE MADE POLITICAL ADVERTISING MORE TRANSPARENT

Knowing who pays for which candidates, which parties or which campaigns will enrich the political debate and help citizens make more informed choices.

Whenever elections occur, 400 million of European voters must make hard choices between their ideals and their interests and weigh who best could represent them.

2.6 WE EMPOWERED SMALL BUSINESSES IN HARD TIMES

Renew Europe championed the SME Relief Package, a bundle of measures to reduce red tape, provide extra cash and help with training of workers.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up more than 95% of all businesses in the EU. They are the cornerstone of growth, employment, and competitiveness on the continent. These businesses are hotbeds of creativity and harbor a genuine desire for innovation.

With the presentation of the SME Relief Package by the European Commission, Renew Europe is pleased to see progress finally being made. The package incorporates some of Renew Europe’s key recommendations, such as regulations to combat late payments, particularly by public authorities, and the recognition of the role played by SME Envoys.

2.7 WE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR OUR INDUSTRIES TO GET CLEANER WITHOUT LOSING THEIR COMPETITIVE EDGE

Renew Europe believes that while it is important to support industries, we must invest in a way that is fair to other businesses in the Single Market. That is why we want to create clear rules that make it easier for renewable technologies to grow and help us move towards a net-zero economy.

2.8 WE FOUGHT FOR AFFORDABLE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TO POWER THE EU ECONOMY

We defended new ambitious objectives, to speed up our efforts in all types of renewables from solar energy to hydrogen.

In 2021, only 21.8 % of the energy consumed in the EU came from renewable energies. This is far from enough to reach our climate goals. The EU also needs to strengthen its strategic autonomy by reducing its dependence on energy imports from other countries and ensure the affordability of energy for people and businesses. Increasing the production of European renewables is a crucial way of achieving this. Renew Europe played a kingmaker role in amending the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) which will make sure that by 2030, Europe’s energy use is covered for 45% by renewables (42,5% is the binding target).

2.9 WE WANT BUSINESSES TO OPERATE RESPONSIBLY

Big companies will have to publicly disclose their impact on the people and on the planet.

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building onto garment workers in Bangladesh shocked the world. Since then, consumers have been more attentive about how the products they buy are made. And so have investors who no longer want to fund companies who exploit workers or pollute intensively - the reputational damage is too big.

3 OUR FIGHT TO RESPOND TO SOCIETAL AND HEALTH CHALLENGES

The COVID pandemic opened our eyes to different health challenges. We responded by protecting Europe against future health threats and by creating more awareness around mental health, a particular struggle for Europe's young people. At the same time, we worked to empower and strengthen the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities, children in poverty, and women in the workplace.

3.1 EMPOWERING YOUTH: A MANIFESTO WITH CLEAR POLICY PROPOSALS

In 2022, the European Year of Youth aimed to raise awareness about the problems the youngest generations are facing. As reformists, our commitment is to give young generations a world that works for them.

Young people face many challenges that previous generations seemingly did not, such as access to housing and employment. The COVID-19 pandemic reduced opportunities and increased mental well-being issues. Despite facing these challenges, young European citizens are strongly mobilized on critical issues like the fight against climate change or against discrimination. They want to be part of the decision-making process.

3.2 WE SET UP A CHILD GUARANTEE TO NURTURE THE FUTURE

One in 4 children in the EU are at risk of poverty, a trend exacerbated by the increased cost of living, the energy crisis, and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Child Guarantee aims to provide every child in Europe with equal opportunities.

Europe is one of the richest regions in the world, yet there is a growing number of children and families living with poverty on the continent. Specific groups, including those in single-parent families, large-disadvantaged families, children with disabilities, and those belonging to ethnic minorities, also confront heightened risks. Their total number is close to 20 million people!

In 2019, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced in her Political Guidelines the creation of a European Child Guarantee. Since then, a Council Recommendation was adopted in 2021 calling on Member States to guarantee free and effective access to children in need to a set of key services: early childhood education and care, education (including school-based activities and at least one healthy meal each school day), healthcare. In addition, Member States committed to provide healthy nutrition, and adequate housing.

3.3 WE PUSHED FOR EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK!

Renew Europe has been a staunch advocate for equal job opportunities and fair pay for all, achieving a significant milestone in this mandate.

Despite the EU’s longstanding commitment to equal pay since 1957, the gender pay gap persists. In the EU, on average, women earn about 13% less than men for the same job, and this gap hasn’t changed much in the past decade.

3.4 WE EMPOWERED LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY IN COMPANIES’ GOVERNANCE BODIES

Renew Europe champions gender equality by advocating for increased representation of women in directorial roles within large corporations.

The stark under-representation of women on company boards is a glaring gender inequality in the EU- clearly contradicting European values. Currently, only one third of corporate board members are women, and the disparity is even more pronounced among executive boards lacking female directors. With this directive, we raised the bar on greater gender equality, challenging the status quo.

The new European rules which will be in place by July 2026 require clear and transparent board appointment procedures with an objective assessment based on merit. In cases where candidates are equally qualified in terms of ability, competence and professional performance, priority will be given to the candidate of the under-represented sex. Companies failing to comply will face financial consequences, reinforcing the commitment to gender diversity. At the same time, with the concept of ‘faming list’ introduced by Renew Europe, companies that are meeting the targets will receive positive recognition.

3.5 WE FOUGHT AGAINST WORK PLACE CANCERS

In a bid to safeguard workers from hazardous substances like asbestos and other cancer- causing substances,Renew Europe has taken a pioneering role.

Asbestos remains the primary cause of occupational cancer across Europe. It can take up to four decades for symptoms to emerge following exposure. Staggeringly, as much as 78% of recognized occupational cancers in Member States are attributed to asbestos. Unfortunately, it is not a problem of the past as asbestos persists in many buildings and structures constructed before its 2005 ban by the Union and causing a risk notably to construction workers in the context of the renovation wave of the Green Deal.

3.6 BUILDING THE EUROPEAN HEALTH UNION

Following the pandemic, the call to address public health threats and challenges at a European level has strengthened. Renew Europe took this call seriously and made public health a priority in the past five years.

As a strong supporter of better cross border cooperation in all policy areas, we took concrete steps to improve EU coordination to address existing health inequalities, better preparedness for future health threats and improve healthcare for all.

We feel strongly that quality data is the starting point to better public health in Europe. Data shows us that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular or respiratory problems, cancer and diabetes cause most deaths in Europe, two thirds in total. At the same time 70% of these NCDs are avoidable if we put in place better prevention measures, especially for vulnerable groups. Not only could this save lives, it could also lead to a lower burden on our national healthcare systems. The reality however is that EU countries on average spend 3% of their health spending on prevention. This is why we called for more coordination at a European level to increase the focus on prevention measures, improve early diagnosis and support patient empowerment.

Another important area of healthcare where we lack quality European data is mental health in Europe. 84 million people across the EU suffer from mental disorders such as anxiety and panic disorders and depression, and we know that young people increasingly face mental health issues since the pandemic. To give people the right support and break stigmas, we called for a European Mental Health Strategy by launching our own mental health survey to illustrate the data problem that requires our attention.

3.7 WE PUSHED FOR EQUALITY WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A EUROPEAN DISABILITY CARD

Renew Europe stands at the forefront of promoting equality and inclusivity with its commitment to the European Disability Card and European Parking Card for persons with disabilities, a pivotal initiative aimed at fostering free movement, accessibility and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

4 OUR FIGHT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

We all know that climate change is no longer a future threat. Citizens and businesses all over Europe can feel the real effects of global warming today. Tackling climate change is a necessity, and Renew Europe has been at the forefront of Europe’s efforts in that direction, taking historic and ambitious steps towards becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The green transition is an opportunity for a greener, healthier, and more prosperous future.

4.1 THE GREEN DEAL: A LANDMARK LAW PACKAGE TO BECOME CLIMATE NEUTRAL BY 2050

Renew Europe has played a leading role in raising the European Union´s ambitions to reach climate neutrality by 2050. We took bold steps to avoid dangerous climate change, whilst ensuring our ambitions are translated into green growth opportunities. Our goal is to create a more sustainable, healthy and prosperous future for both our citizens and our businesses.

4.2 CUTTING OUR EMISSIONS TO CREATE GREEN GROWTH

Cutting down on our emissions is necessary to fight the effects of climate change and limit global warming. Renew Europe strongly felt the responsibility to deliver on the Paris Agreement ambitions and take concrete steps to cut Europe’s CO2 emissions. We successfully raised the reduction target and completed the entire Fit for 55 package.

In 2015, the binding international treaty on climate change adopted by the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, set the target to limit global warming to below 2 degrees and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees. To reach this goal and keep our planet livable, it was time to increase our climate ambition and cut emissions drastically. This is why we pushed to set a new 2030 target of at least 55% emissions reductions in the European Climate Law. To reach this target, and even go beyond it, a large package of EU laws have been adopted or updated. This package of laws is known as Fit for 55 and is part of the broader European Green Deal. Fit for 55 makes sure that all citizens, businesses, sectors and countries take responsibility to cut CO2 emissions and reach our emissions reduction target.

4.3 A JUST TRANSITION FUND: PUTTING REGIONS AT THE HEART OF SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS

The ambitions of the Green Deal will not be without economic and social consequences for Europe. The EU wants to keep everyone on board in the green transition by creating the Just Transition Fund.

The energy transition will force many companies to decarbonize their production methods, such as the automobile industry. Other activities, like coal mining, will cease to exist. For entire regions of Europe, this will have an effect, for example on job opportunities, which is naturally a source of concern for businesses and citizens.

4.4 CLEAN DRIVING IS THE FUTURE

Any new car or van bought after 2035 will be free of emissions and by the same year. All new city busses will drive zero emission by 2030, thanks to the efforts of Renew Europe. A crucial step to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

As of 2035, all cars and vans rolling off the assembly line should meet the target of 100% zero- emissions. At the same time, new rules expected to be adopted in Spring 2024 will introduce new and stricter CO2 emission limits on trucks and buses. This transition to zero-emission mobility is expected to bring significant environmental benefits, including a notable improvement in air quality. At the same time, these new rules will ensure that affordable clean cars and heavy- duty vehicles likes trucks and busses are brought more swiftly to the market and a great win-win equally for trucks and vans.

4.5 THE CHEAPEST ENERGY IS THE ENERGY THAT WE DON’T USE

New efficiency targets will reduce the EU’s dependency on Russian gas and other fossil fuels, lower energy bills for citizens and our companies and contribute to the EU’s climate and energy goals. Money spent on energy efficiency is not a cost, but an investment into a more sustainable future.

Increasing energy efficiency and eliminating energy waste presents the most straightforward path to reducing emissions. Energy efficiency measures must be intensified to ensure that our economic growth is decoupled from emissions. Importantly, we must make sure to support our SMEs and industries in this process, who are the drivers behind our future green growth.

4.6 A TRULY EUROPEAN FUTURE-PROOF ENERGY SYSTEM

To protect consumers and businesses from unpredictable energy prices and enhance the uptake of renewables, we paved the way for a more integrated and future-proof EU energy system.

The process of an increasingly integrated European electricity market began two decades ago, giving consumers a better price for their energy and ensuring security of supply. Then, the energy crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s weaponisation of gas supply since its war on Ukraine, created the urgent need to revise EU rules governing the electricity markets. Europe needs a truly future-proof energy system that produces, stores and distributes energy more efficiently and across EU borders. Only such an efficient electricity system design, prepared for geopolitical shocks, will guarantee energy supply to European households, businesses and industry at affordable prices, while we reach Europe’s climate goals at the same time.

4.7 EUROPE’S TRANSPORT WILL GO GREEN WITH AN EU-WIDE CHARGING NETWORK

We ensured the rollout of a vast network of charging stations for alternative fuels throughout Europe in the upcoming years. We are a step closer to clean driving, sailing and flying!

Electric driving is on the rise in Europe. With more than 55 million in 2030, the total share of electric cars is expected to be more than a fifth of the total European car fleet. In 2022 this was only 2%. To keep up with this explosive growth, a solid European charging station network is necessary.

4.8 THE WAY FORWARD FOR A CLEANER MARITIME TRANSPORT

New EU rules will make transport by water more sustainable and create a healthier environment for EU citizens.

European ships, representing around 55% of the entire EU fleet, are responsible for 90% of CO2 emissions by the maritime sector. Moreover, around 98% of ships still run on fossil fuels. To reach our climate pollution reduction goals, the maritime sector needs to transform. This is why we created new rules that will give the entire sector a realistic yet ambitious trajectory to make the green transition for shipping a success, whilst supporting innovation and safeguarding European competitiveness.

4.9 DIGITALISATION, THE ROAD FOR DECARBONISATION

We make intelligent transport systems available, so that you can enjoy a drive whilst emitting less CO2!

The European Commission adopted a Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy that proposes a fundamental transformation of the European transport system to achieve the objective of sustainable, smart and resilient mobility. Mobility and transport are essential for European citizens and for the European economy as a whole. The free movement of people and goods across its internal borders is a fundamental freedom of the European Union and its single market.

4.10 SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUELS FOR CLEANER SKIES

We ensured a progressive decrease of aviation emissions, by increasing the production and uplift of sustainable aviation fuels.

Aviation is the most difficult mode of transport to decarbonise. Unlike some other modes of transport that can leverage electrification for cleaner energy sources, aviation predominantly relies on kerosene, which emits substantial carbon emissions. By increasing the production and adoption of sustainable aviation fuels, the aviation sector can substantially reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.

4.11 SUSTAINABLE CHOICES AT THE FINGERTIPS OF CITIZENS

With new European legislation on eco-design, citizens can be confident that products they buy are greener and more sustainable. By stimulating conscious product design, Renew Europe is realising its ambition to drive the transition towards a more circular economy. Europe has the skills, the knowledge and the innovation power to develop the technologies necessary to close loops and build a waste-free society.

4.12 SUSTAINABLE BATTERIES SUPPORT THE ELECTRIFICATION OF EUROPE

Access to sustainable batteries is a core condition for electrification and innovation as we leave fossil fuels behind. Europe has created rules for the entire batteries industry to take responsibility for its climate, environmental as well as human rights impacts.

Until a few years ago, it was practical to have metal batteries on hand to use a flashlight or to power the children’s remote control toy car. Today batteries play an increasingly more significant role in our daily lives. Not only our smartphones are powered by batteries, but freed from the hassle of power cables, batteries are widely used in home and garden equipment as well as lifesaving medical devices. Battery applications are also key to meeting our climate goals. By 2035, all new cars rolling off the assembly line will get their power exclusively from batteries.

As a result, we have an exponential need for powerful and reliable batteries. Estimates show that we will need 14 times more batteries by 2030. This brings new challenges as well as opportunities for a circular battery industry.

5 OUR FIGHT FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND MODERN AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERY POLICIES

Our natural environment forms the basis of many of our daily activities: the food we eat, the coffee we drink, the water we use, and the nature we enjoy. We are convinced that our ambition to take care of our natural environment by reducing pollution and restoring nature aligns with our ambition to create a sustainable food system. For us, these objectives do not compete against one another.

5.1 RESTORING NATURE BY SAVING THE NATURE RESTORATION LAW

The Nature Restoration Law is the EU’s ground-breaking law to reverse habitat decline, restore ecosystems, and combat climate change. By revitalising wetlands, forests, and more, it is expected to safeguard biodiversity, provides essential services, mitigates global warming, and strengthens Europe’s resilience and food security.

5.2 THE NEW CAP: A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN EUROPE AND FARMERS

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a partnership between agriculture and society, between Europe and its farmers. Renew Europe has been at the forefront of the latest CAP reform, which paves the way for a sustainable future for European farmers.

The agri-food sector is one of the biggest economic sectors in the EU and is responsible for:

1. Food production: There are around 9.1 million farms in the EU and 22 million people working in the sector. They provide an impressive variety of abundant, affordable, safe and good quality products for 500 million European consumers.

2. Farmers keep the countryside alive: The farming and food sectors together provide nearly 40 million jobs in the EU while 25% of the EU population lives in rural areas. As farming and activities related to it make up most of the job opportunities in the rural areas, they are crucial for preventing depopulation and widening urban-rural divide. If there were no farms or farmers, our villages and market towns would be profoundly affected.

3. Environmentally sustainable farming: Our countryside has been shaped by farming over the centuries and provides the habitat for a great diversity of fauna and flora. Farmers have to produce food whilst simultaneously protecting nature and safeguarding biodiversity. Using natural resources prudently is essential for our food production and for our quality of life, today, tomorrow and for future generations.

5.3 WE DON’T MESS WITH OUR FOOD

The COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather conditions and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have exacerbated the factors responsible for food insecurity threatening millions of people worldwide. This is why food security and the resilience of the global food system are high on our political agenda.

We want to future-proof our food system, by securing its resilience together with food security and affordability in the EU and worldwide. Global agricultural commodity prices have been constantly rising since mid-2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine has exacerbated the market situation, pushing commodity prices up even further. This has put food security under pressure worldwide, heavily weighing on consumers budgets.

5.4 MODERN BOATS FOR GREENER AND MORE ATTRACTIVE FISHERIES

We support Europe’s fisheries sector and our fishing communities. Our main aims are to ensure. food security, support the sustainable development of the sector and protect ecosystems as well as stimulate the decarbonisation of the sector, in line with the EU’s Green deal.

The funds available in the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) will contribute to modernise Europe’s ageing fishing fleet. More energy efficient vessels using the latest green techniques are necessary to reach our climate goals, but it will also make the sector more attractive for a new generation of fishers.

As fish and other aquatic food are a protein source with a low carbon footprint - if produced or fished sustainably - investing in a sustainable and prosperous fishing sector is of great importance to EU citizens. Having sustainable as well as healthier and more locally produced food available will benefit us all.

5.5 TRACK & TRACE OUR FISH TO EMPOWER CONSUMERS

We need to reduce the carbon footprint of our food consumption and eating more seafood and other aquatic foods is one way of doing that. This means we need to know better where our fish and aquatic food come from. That is why we fought for stricter rules on the traceability of these products.

Today it is too difficult for consumers to find out where their fish, shellfish or other aquatic foods comes from. Did a product come from a country outside the EU, was it caught by European fishers or was it perhaps produced in EU Aquaculture farms? EU citizens demand greater transparency and information to enable them to make healthy and sustainable food choices.

5.6 NO DEFORESTATION IN YOUR COFFEE

The environmental impact of coffee can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Thankfully, new deforestation rules will change this! We made sure you can enjoy your daily morning coffee without contributing to cutting down trees.

These new rules on deforestation-free products aim at cutting down the EU’s impact on global deforestation and therefore curbing greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. In practice, the EU has imposed a ban on deforestation- related products and commodities in the EU. Renew Europe successfully pushed for a wider definition of forest degradation, an extension of the scope of the legislation.

This means that the law will apply in particular to everyday products such as cocoa, coffee, palm oil, soya, wood, cattle, as well as derived products such as leather, chocolate and furniture. No specific product is banned, but the EU is closing its doors to the products whose suppliers are not able to demonstrate that they do not come from deforested lands or had not led to forest degradation after 2020. Companies that do not respect the regulation will be fined.

6 OUR RELENTLESS FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, CIVIL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

What unites Europeans transcends economic interests. Our common values of democracy, human rights, and respect for the rule of law are what truly connect us. Renew Europe is proud to be the foremost defender of these values within the European Parliament, and we have done our utmost to defend these values and protect citizens against illiberal voices in Europe.

6.1 LINKING EU FUNDS TO UPHOLDING DEMOCRATIC STANDARDS

Throughout this legislative term, Renew Europe has championed the fight against corruption and illiberalism, the defending the Rule of Law and liberal democracy. Our tireless advocacy has resulted in a significant milestone—the establishment of a groundbreaking tool that ties EU subsidies to a rigorous assessment of the rule of law in each EU country, known as the Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism.

6.2 RENEW EUROPE STANDS AGAINST ILLEGAL SPYING ON EU CITIZENS

Amid a scandal about European governments going after their opposition using increasingly intrusive methods, we campaigned to stop the use of Pegasus and other intrusive hacking spyware.

Certain governments in Europe have resorted to an illicit form of spyware developed in Israel, capable of infiltrating anyone’s phone with a single click, deploying a virus that seizes full control over the mobile device. High-level politicians, judges, independent prosecutors, lawyers, journalists and human rights activists were carefully chosen as targets.

Renew Europe ardently fought for the creation of a special inquiry committee, called PEGA that successfully investigated cases of illegal spying across the EU. Our objective was twofold: to lay down a legal framework for the legitimate use of surveillance software and to create an EU Tech Lab for comprehensive oversight.

6.3 YOUR BODY, YOUR RIGHTS!

Safe and legal abortion is a fundamental right. Including this right in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights will make sure that no government can take it away from its citizens.

Globally, the right to safe and legal abortion care is under threat. Even within the EU, abortion is still banned in two countries (Malta and de facto in Poland) and challenging to access in some countries and regions of countries like Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Italy or Croatia.

6.4 CREATING A EUROPEAN UNION WHERE ALL WOMEN CAN FEEL SAFE

In the pursuit of ensuring the safety of women across Member States, Renew Europe has played a pivotal role in securing adherence to the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

Women deserve to feel just as safe as men in this world, however this is not currently the case. Legislation on domestic violence and violence against women is often not enforced and it can be difficult for victims to access the services they require due to stigma, fear, and lack of availability among other factors.

In 2023, the European Parliament and the Council voted in favour of the EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. This is an internationally binding agreement to combat violence against women and girls and domestic violence. This Convention criminalises psychological violence, stalking, physical violence, sexual violence including rape, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, forced abortion, forced sterilization and sexual harassment. It also requires that protection is given to women regardless of age, disability, marital status, association with a national minority, migrant or refugee status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

6.5 DECLARING EUROPE AN LGBTIQ FREEDOM ZONE

Renew Europe staunchly upholds the rights of all LGBTIQ+ individuals. As the leading advocate for the rights of sexual minorities, our group provided leadership for the European Parliament to push back against discriminatory measures in a number of Member States.

Our Group has traditionally fought for equal rights & opportunities of LGBTIQ+ individuals in the EU and beyond. Although the majority of Member States have legal measures against discrimination, they are not sufficiently implemented, leaving members of the LGBTIQ+ community vulnerable to hate crimes and discrimination in their daily lives.

6.6 FREE MEDIA = FREE MINDS

To counter the diminishing independence of media outlets across Europe, Renew Europe has taken decisive actions to fortify the protection of press freedom and journalists’ rights.

The best indicator of a healthy democracy is a strong and independent press. According to the Media Pluralism Monitor 2022, 21 EU Member States are at medium to high risk regarding media pluralism, signaling concerning trends in media freedom. The new legislation aims at advancing the internal market in the media sector and protecting media freedom, pluralism, and independence in the European single market. The European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) will benefit all different stakeholders: media companies, public service media, journalists and media professionals.

6.7 A REAL UNION NEEDS TRULY EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

We want to give the European voters the chance to vote for European political parties through European election campaigns on European issues. This will bring citizens closer to the European political level.

Currently the elections to the European Parliament are 27 national elections in which citizens vote for national parties on often purely national themes, while the Members of the European Parliament decide on European issues. Transnational lists will make the European elections truly European by changing the momentum so that we finally get a campaign that crosses national boundaries, and voters know they are electing politicians who truly represent Europe as a whole.

6.8 PROPOSING FRESH SOLUTIONS TO MODERNISE THE FUNCTIONING OF THE EU

We want to renew Europe and make it fit to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. To that end, we need more efficiency in its functioning and a new pact with EU citizens, reinforcing their participation and trust in European politics.

The EU may count more than 30 Member States in the near future. More than ever, a thorough update of Europe’s institutions is inevitable to preserve our welfare and agility in a rapidly changing world.

Indeed, we believe that the EU must be updated to more efficiently tackle global challenges like the war in Ukraine, migration and climate change and make it a credible geopolitical actor. That update also means involving citizens more in the decision making process beyond the day of the elections, increasing their awareness and participation in the European project.

6.9 CREATING COMMON ETHICS STANDARDS FOR ALL EU INSTITUTIONS

While ethics standards already existed within the European institutions for some time, these rules were very fragmented and the system solely relied on a self-regulatory approach. That is why Renew Europe has been making proposals to improve the system, harmonise ethics rules in the institutions and minimise conflicts of interests.

6.10 WE DELIVERED A HISTORIC AGREEMENT ON THE EU MIGRATION AND ASYLUM PACT

Uncontrolled and illegal migration is a concern for many citizens and it is exploited by extremist and populist parties to spread fear and hatred in our societies. Renew Europe campaigned for and delivered a new, truly European approach. The European Parliament and Council reached a historical political agreement on December 20, 2023 on the reform of the European Pact on Asylum and Migration.

This agreement comes after a legislative process of more than three years. Renew Europe played a crucial role in finding a balanced approach to this complex package, consisting of nine legislative texts. They aim to provide better governance and strategic oversight of the European asylum policy among the 27 Member States. It introduces an unprecedented solidarity mechanism at the European level, aims to improve the control of irregular migration at the EU’s external borders, and seeks more harmonized and efficient asylum procedures within the EU.

The aim of these instruments is to better prepare the EU for major challenges in the area of migration, to adapt national administrations to increasing flows, to combat smugglers and criminal organisations, to counter the instrumentalisation of migration by foreign powers and to deal with pandemics and security crises.

7 PUTTING EUROPE BACK ON THE MAP

Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has been the starkest reminder that it is vital for Europe to be a strong, autonomous, and united voice on the global stage. As we gave unwavering support to Ukraine, Renew Europe also insisted that Europe strengthens its defense capabilities and cooperation. We also pushed to use foreign policy and trade agreements to make Europe’s influence felt in the world by advocating for fair and reciprocal trade relations and by actively combating human rights violations globally.

7.1 GLOBAL EUROPE IN THE FACE OF MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS

A series of crises in our neighbourhood, from Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine, to the seizure of Nagorno-Karabakh, instability in the Western Balkans and the despicable terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas, as well as the loss of civilian lives in Gaza. These developments have shown that a stronger, adequately reactive and more assertive European Union is needed. Throughout the 2019-2024 mandate, Renew Europe has called for unity and collective action, utilising all the instruments at the disposal of the European Union.

7.2 WE SIDED WITH UKRAINE

We deployed all the tools at our disposal to react to Russia’s illegal war. In the face of the brutal invasion of Ukraine and occupation of its several regions, Renew Europe puts all its efforts into helping Ukraine restore its sovereignty and defeat Russia.

Renew Europe immediately condemned Russia’s unprovoked and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine in the strongest possible terms and worked internally and with allies in the European Parliament to constrain Russia’s ability to wage war and to support Ukraine’s ability to resist this war of aggression.

Our fight for Ukraine:

We called for the exclusion of Russian operators from SWIFT, the main messaging network through which international payments are made, the blocking of Russian banks from the international financial system and the freezing of the assets of the Russian Central Bank.

7.3 WE STRENGTHENED EUROPEAN DEFENCE

Angry press release will not scare the likes of Putin. Hard military and sound strategy will. The security of the European Union is under significant threat. Now, more than ever, we must take all necessary steps towards a real European Defence Union.

The need for more EU defence has never been so obvious. Europe must become a credible security provider and strategic partner that is able to protect its own citizens and allies. To this end, Renew Europe has strongly supported the development and implementation of the Strategic Compass, an ambitious but pragmatic action plan for strengthening European security and defence.

7.4 THE EU MAGNITSKY ACT TO PUNISH HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS

The Renew Europe Group campaigned and helped deliver an EU global human rights sanctions regime, the EU Magnitsky Act.

A strong European foreign policy needs appropriate tools to be able to confront and respond to the most horrible crimes of today’s world. We believe that unanimity within the EU Council does not help us move forward. Human rights cannot be subject to a veto!

Renew Europe will continue to insist on the need for the EU to also take steps to recognise the close link between corruption and human rights violations, and to target economic and financial enablers of human rights abusers.

7.5 HONOURING HEROIC DEFENDERS OF THE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT

Throughout this mandate, Renew Europe has been at the forefront of honouring heroes worldwide, by proposing candidates to the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Jina Mahsa Amini and the Woman, Life, Freedom Movement in Iran won the 2023 Sakharov Prize

Mahsa Amini is a hero for all the people fighting for freedom and civil rights. Her cruel and unjust death in the hands of the Morality Police spurred widespread protests in Iran to end oppression, discrimination, tyranny, and dictatorship. For this, Mahsa Amini and the Woman, Life, Freedom Movement were awarded the Sakharov Prize in 2023.

7.6 TRADE NOT ONLY CREATES OPPORTUNITIES, IT IS ALSO A GEOPOLITICAL POWER

Open, fair, and assertive trade has always been in our DNA. Trade offers growth opportunities to European businesses as well as choice for consumers. But trade is not only about economics, it is also a powerful geopolitical lever that enables the EU to shape a world in which our values are permanently anchored.

Renew Europe has pushed for the EU’s trade power to be asserted during this mandate to ensure our open strategic autonomy. Renew Europe has played a key role in creating several instruments to set the conditions for fair and reciprocal trade relations and combat possible blackmail and unfair competition from third countries. Renew Europe led the review of the Enforcement Regulation which empowers the EU to act to protect its trade interests when a trade dispute is blocked. Renew Europe was furthermore behind a strong instrument on international procurement, opening foreign procurement markets for our companies. It was also key for us to ensure that the same level of scrutiny applies to subsidies granted by foreign governments, as for our state aid within the EU. Renew Europe also succeeded in giving to the EU every capacity to fend off blackmail from countries seeking to interfere with our interests, as China recently did with Lithuania.

7.7 DEFEND EUROPEAN VALUES AND INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD

The EU must strengthen its open strategic autonomy to better defend its interests and values.

Investing in a renewed transatlantic partnership

After a period of tensions, Renew Europe has engaged early with the Biden administration to strengthen transatlantic relations, to lead the struggle for a rules-based international order and cooperate on issues such as the fight against authoritarianism, human rights abuses and environmental degradation.

7.8 THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Renew Europe has vocally supported the enlargement process for the Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia - based on the established conditions and criteria.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made EU enlargement more important than ever as a bigger EU is a stronger EU. Continued European security and prosperity are linked to bringing in new Member States and advancing peace, democracy, respect for human rights and Rule of Law.

We have also remained clear that EU membership needs reforms in the candidate countries - strong democratic institutions fighting corruption and delivering real solutions for the citizens. Enlargement is the key to delivering more political stability on the continent, a bigger internal market, and better opportunities for citizens, but this will require internal reforms of the EU as well.

7.9 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS OUR CORE VALUE

We believe in cooperation based on the Rule of Law, human rights and preserving the environment.

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development establishes the global framework for international cooperation on sustainable development. What is in for the citizens? Ending poverty, preserving the planet, and ensuring widespread peace and prosperity.