European Commission now has a clear mandate: Make the EU budget fully climate-friendly

Financing the transition

Members of the European Parliament today adopted their priorities for the EU budget after 2020*. The position recognises the importance of the EU budget in the fight against climate change, and in the transition towards zero-carbon and climate-resilient economies.

The European Parliament’s position follows a recent statement made by 14 environment ministers that are members of the Green Growth Group, adding to the growing momentum for enhanced climate action in EU spending.
MEPs call for significantly more financial support to tackle climate change than the current level of 20%, with a 30% climate action spending target, and for the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies in future EU spending. Further on, they emphasise the need for CO2 reduction when investing EU funds in the transport sector, and for support to carbon-intensive regions as they transition to the zero-carbon economy.

Markus Trilling, finance and subsidies policy coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, said: “Today’s vote on the next EU budget clearly indicates that the European Parliament expects the EU to use its financial resources to boost climate action in the coming years. Parliament is right in highlighting the EU budget’s untapped potential to deliver on the Paris Agreement objectives.”

“Now the European Commission must be all ears and bring the future EU budget in line with the Paris Agreement in its proposal to be published the beginning of May, and allocate 40% towards climate action.”

“Financial flows must move away from fossil fuels towards a just and clean energy transition, and deliver more support for developing countries as they face unprecedented climate change impacts.”



*The report on the next MFF by the Committee on budget of the European Parliament and the amendments are accessible here.

A new infographic summarises our main political asks to make the future EU budget fully climate-friendly.


Nicolas Derobert, CAN Europe Communications Coordinator,, +32 483 62 18 88


Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. With over 140 member organisations in more than 30 European countries – representing over 44 million citizens – CAN Europe works to prevent dangerous climate change and promote sustainable climate and energy policy in Europe.


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