Financing the transition - CAN Europe

Delivering on climate neutrality: The EU budget

The EU’s long-term budget, the so called Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), sets the spending priorities for the annual EU budgets over a seven-year period. It greatly translates the EU policy objectives into action. It defines objectives, priorities and conditions of EU funding respectively the policies EU funds are supposed to finance.

The EU budget 2021 – 2027 is critically important to deliver the long-term climate goals of the EU, including the revamped 2030 climate and energy targets and climate neutrality by 2040.

The 2014-2020 EU budget had some important climate-relevant features such as “climate mainstreaming”, the strategic link to the EU 2020 climate and energy framework or the political target to spend 20% of the EU budget on climate action. However, fossil fuels still received support from the EU budget, and competing priorities and incoherent implementation of climate action are sweeping off the climate credits of the EU budget. Overall its full potential to catalyse the clean energy transformation in Europe remained largely untapped.

LEARN MORE about the reform opportunities and climate impact of the EU budget.

 

The EU budget 2021–2027 shows increased climate ambition with an increased climate action target across all EU programmes and the limitation of fossil fuels from Regional Development Funds. A fossil fuel free Just Transition Fund will help carbon intensive regions to become climate neutral.

To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the European Union needs to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. EU funds must support the decarbonization of all sectors by developing zero-carbon processes and products, enable the just transition, establish a genuine circular economy and foster a transition towards sustainable food systems.

The development of EU funds spending plans – The Programming

Overview EU funding for climate action

The upcoming development of EU funds’ spending plans at national and regional level as well as for the additional ‘economic recovery plans’ – the ‘programming’ – will ultimately determine the direction of the recovery and future economic developments.

Decision making on the implementation of the next EU budget including the significant amounts of recovery funding is therefore crucial to put the EU on a pathway towards climate neutrality. Investment decisions taken to stimulate the economy need to contribute to achieving more ambitious 2030 climate and energy targets at the same time.

EU financing also needs to embrace the long-term transition to climate neutrality as set down in the European Green Deal. Greater investments in the transition of all sectors of the economy are needed to ensure a sustainable, green and just economic recovery and to shape the EU’s long-term pathway to achieving the Paris Agreement’s objective of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

In order to maximise the impact of EU funding, both to increase climate ambition and to ensure the recovery is sustainable, Member States need to direct their upcoming spending plans towards climate neutrality.

During the programming of Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes under Cohesion Policy, in the development of Territorial Just Transition Plans within the Just Transition Mechanism and while setting priorities for Recovery and Resilience Plans to receive support from the EU’s Recovery Fund, Member States must seize all funding opportunities to catalyse the green, sustainable and just transition, whereas any climate and environmentally harmful spending has to be prevented.

Learn more about the green programming priorities in 14 EU countries.

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Public Statement: A Social and Green Investment Plan for a prosperous and just transition

As organisations committed to tackling the multifaceted crises of our times - from climate change and biodiversity loss to the cost of living and energy independence - we call for a €1 trillion investment plan for people and the planet to be at the top of the agenda for future EU leadership. These challenges are largely an investment challenge, and EU funding is more needed than ever to mobilise and boost public and private financing of Europe’s resilience and competitive sustainability. Political parties’ manifestos all recognise this need. Now is the time to meet citizens’ expectations of a better future, invest in the transformation of our economy, and make good on the promises of the Green Deal. This statement presents our proposal for a Social and Green Investment Plan that would achieve these aims.
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Open letter: Support public investments for a stronger, more resilient and sustainable economy

We are deeply concerned about the return of overly restrictive fiscal policy. The final compromise on the reform of the EU economic governance due to be voted on by the European Parliament and the Council is multiplying unsubstantiated and arbitrary numerical benchmarks, which will trigger a wave of cuts to public budgets across Europe. Several countries, such as Germany, France and Denmark, have already cut or are planning to cut green investment and social spending for 2024 and 2025.
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Leading Environment and Climate Organisations Score European Parliament’s 2019-2024 Performance ​

New in-depth data research from five leading climate and environment organisations reveals that only a minority of MEPs during the 2019 - 2024 mandate acted to protect Europe’s climate, nature and air quality. The majority of MEPs acted instead as either procrastinators or prehistoric thinkers, delaying real action with patchy and inconsistent voting records, or worse, completely failing to rise to the challenge of the crises Europe is facing.
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EU Parliament Scoreboard​: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

New in-depth data research from five leading climate and environment organisations reveals that only a minority of MEPs during the 2019 - 2024 mandate acted to protect Europe’s climate, nature and air quality. The majority of MEPs acted instead as either procrastinators or prehistoric thinkers, delaying real action with patchy and inconsistent voting records, or worse, completely failing to rise to the challenge of the crises Europe is facing.
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EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.

EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.

EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.

EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.

EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.

EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.

EU Parliament Scoreboard: Protectors, Procrastinators & Prehistoric Thinkers

    📅 15/04/2024

The EU Parliament Scoreboard looks at the individual voting behaviour of every MEP during the 2019-2024 legislative term and scores them against the voting recommendations of the five European environmental organisations. This provides a measure of each MEPs commitment to environmental sustainability – with the result being a score out of 100. Results are aggregated in the scoreboard for political groups and national parties represented in the European Parliament.

The scoring assesses voting behaviour across 30 policy files, comprising key climate, energy and environmental legislation. 12 policy files focused on a climate-neutral and socially just transition, 8 focused on a nature-positive Europe, and 10 focused on the circular economy and achieving zero pollution. 

The potential benefits to citizens of a socially just transition to a climate-neutral, nature positive and zero pollution Europe are enormous and over the past five years, the European Parliament has had the power and the opportunity to act boldly to lead the European Union down this path. This June, citizens will be able to hold their representatives accountable for their recent parliamentary performance and demand higher ambition from the European Parliament in the years to come.

"Now is the time for European citizens to wake up to the real possibility of a European Parliament full of prehistoric thinkers - to get out and vote for parties that can provide the climate protectors we so deeply need to improve and strengthen the European Green Deal. Climate vulnerable regions in Europe and around the world need and expect continued action - and the only way forward from here is a fossil-free, socially just, and climate-neutral European Union."

Who are the Protectors, Procrastinators and Prehistoric Thinkers?

There is naturally diversity and nuance within political groups and national parties and it is possible to find protectors across the political spectrum – with the exception of the far-right. The following scores are headline figures based on the aggregates and the full breakdown of each group, party and vote can be found in the EU Parliament Scoreboard:

The Protectors

  • Greens / European Free Alliance – 92/100
  • The Left – 84/100
  • Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats – 70/100

The Procrastinators

  • Renew Europe – 56/100

The Prehistoric Thinkers

  • European People’s Party – 25/100
  • European Conservatives and Reformists – 10/100
  • Identity and Democracy – 6/100

The EU Parliament Scoreboard is published by BirdLife EuropeClimate Action Network EuropeEuropean Environmental BureauTransport & Environment and WWF European Policy Office, and supported by Minor Foundation for Major Challenges. The voting data was extracted and the scoring calculations were performed by Adam Orphelin. The interactive tool is developed by Roud Studio.

More information about the EU Scoreboard, including key conclusions, country analysis and methodology can be accessed here.

The methodology and the full list of policy files and votes that were analysed can be accessed here.