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The Brief – The curious case of the missing fund –
The Czechs, Hungarians and Poles want more money before committing to the deal and the latest €5-billion-strong Brussels buzzword, the Just Transition Fund, is in prime place to deliver that cash injection.

So why did explicit mention of the Fund, which was included in the Council’s draft conclusions, disappear from the final document?


An earlier version said the Council would “look forward to the Commission’s proposal on the Fund” but that was switched out before EU leaders even saw the text for more vague language on a “socially fair and just transition”.

That is essentially the same jargon we’ve been hearing for the last 12 months.

EU diplomats have revealed that it is all part of an ongoing negotiating strategy to prevent the climate talks from focusing too much on Poland’s needs, which are predominantly energy-related.

Warsaw’s reliance on coal power has become inextricably linked with the Fund, so public backing at this delicate stage would have risked leaving the Council with a weakened hand and emboldened Poland to hold out even longer for even more cash.

December’s EU summit is touted as the crunch moment for the agreement.

Portugal and Spain were among the countries to insist on the Fund’s removal from the text, partly because they have transition concerns of their own that are not energy-based, ranging from mining and agriculture to plastics production.
climate  green_deal  budget  side_payments 
5 weeks ago by henningninneh
Von der Leyen: 'Green Deal is our man-on-moon moment'
The announcement of this fund, originally expected before the December's EU summit, has been delayed until January.

As a result, it is unclear if all member states will be able to unanimously agree on the commitment of making the EU climate-neutral by 2050 during the EU Council starting on Thursday.
side_payments  green_deal  2050 
5 weeks ago by henningninneh
Central Europe mayors join in direct EU funds plea
The leaders of Budapest, Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw, who banded together in December, are presenting themselves as new allies of EU integration in countries where illiberal and populist governments have locked horns with EU institutions over the bloc's values and rule of law.

The mayors are seeking help from the EU Commission to make sure their national governments commit 10 percent of EU cohesion subsidies to cities in the new EU budget - and allocate it without political bias.

The city leaders' push comes as talks on the next seven-year budget are under way among deeply-divided member states. with a special summit scheduled for next week.

The mayors are also lobbying the EU executive to get direct access to EU funding under the Green Deal.

In a letter to commission president Ursula von Der Leyen - signed by the four mayors and leaders of 11 other European cities, including Berlin, Vienna and the Hague - the mayors argue that "cities led by elected leaders now represent two-thirds of Europe's population, and are responsible for the bulk of its climate mitigation and adaptation efforts".

"The fight against climate change will be won or lost in cities," they add.
green_deal  budget  cities  regions  multilevel_governance 
5 weeks ago by henningninneh
EU springt Kohlegebieten bei - F.A.Z. Edition
Von den 100 Milliarden Euro soll Deutschland nach dem Kommissionsvorschlag ungefähr 13,4 Milliarden Euro bekommen. Polen allein bekäme mit 27,3 Milliarden Euro mehr als ein Viertel der Gesamtsumme. Grundsätzlich sollen alle Mitgliedstaaten Geld erhalten. Selbst für das kleine Luxemburg sind von den 7,5 Milliarden Euro noch 4 Millionen Euro vorgesehen.

Am meisten Geld hinter Deutschland und Polen sollen Rumänien (757 Millionen), Tschechien (581 Millionen), Bulgarien (458 Millionen) und Frankreich (402 Millionen) erhalten. Grundlage für die Verteilung ist eine Formel aus dem CO2-Ausstoß der Region, der Zahl der Arbeitsplätze in Kohlebergbau und Industrie, kombiniert mit dem Wohlstand des Landes. Zudem sollen die Hilfen auf 2 Milliarden Euro je Land begrenzt sein.
climate  green_deal  side_payments 
10 weeks ago by henningninneh
Is the Green Deal the real deal? | Transport & Environment
von der Leyen is gearing up for a very ambitious first 100 days. Is she living up to the high bar she and her Vice-President Frans Timmermans set themselves? Broadly, yes.
climate  environment  transport  green_deal 
december 2019 by henningninneh
EU Council chief takes over budget negotiations –
However, the negotiation on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) could be instrumental in bringing Warsaw on board in June.

Poland said it cannot commit to the climate goal just yet. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki defended that the cost of the transition will be higher for his country than others.

When addressing the press after the meeting, Morawiecki praised the creation of the Just Transition Fund, the details of which the Commission has not shared yet. “A fair share of this fund will be allocated to Poland for a fair transformation,” the Polish prime minister said.
budget  climate  side_payments  green_deal 
december 2019 by henningninneh
Timmermans to end EU climate 'contradictions'
Timmermans is to take care of a "green deal" portfolio and to help make Europe climate-neutral - with net zero CO2 emissions - by 2050.

The Dutch politician had previously battled Hungary and Poland's judicial abuses in his post as EU rule of law commissioner.
climate  investiture  green_deal 
october 2019 by henningninneh

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