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Climate change is visible around the world. Temperatures are rising, weather systems are changing. As leaders of EU member states, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to respond.

In December 2019, the European Council agreed that we should achieve a climate neutral EU by 2050. The EU reaffirmed its global climate leadership and commitment to the Paris Agreement, inspiring other countries with increased ambitions. This commitment to climate neutrality aims to ensure that our investments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic do not return us to a past of dependence on fossil fuels.

We are on the verge of achieving results above the current target for 2030, which shows the potential for European action.

In this context, significant emission reductions are both necessary and possible. We therefore welcome the European Commission’s proposal for the 2030 climate target, which provides a solid basis for deciding on increased ambition. We need to agree on a 2030 climate target that is raised to “at least 55%”.

This increased target should be included in the updated EU Nationally Determined Contribution that will be presented to the UNFCCC before the end of this year and followed by legislative proposals by June 2021, to ensure that the target is achieved.

Our new long-term budget and our recovery plan with a climate mainstreaming target of at least 30% guarantee the EU’s financial contribution to the achievement of our increased climate target 2030, in a socially inclusive manner, enabling a just transition.

An ambitious climate policy promotes economic growth and sustainable prosperity. The path to climate neutrality leads to sustainable and inclusive growth, new green jobs and more innovation and global competitiveness.

As a Union, let us provide a strong and credible response to the climate crisis and raise our 2030 climate target to at least 55%, thus leading to climate neutrality by 2050.

Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister

Sanna Marin, Prime Minister

Micheál Martin, Prime Minister

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister

António Costa, Prime Minister

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister

Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister

Emmanuel Macron, President

Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister

Mark Rutte, Prime Minister

Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister

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