MEPs call for more ambitious budget to meet climate goals
Following the decision of the Council on the EU's long-term climate strategy on 12/13 December 2019, political group leaders representing a majority in Parliament welcomed this decision which would lead to the EU becoming climate neutral by 2050. However, MEPs criticised the Council's unwillingness to agree on a solution on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU budget for 2021-2027, stating that the budget will have to provide adequate funding also for the 2050 climate neutrality goals and the European Green Deal, and asking for either the European Union’s own resources mechanism or the decision-making at Council level to be reformed, or both.
Apart from budgetary issues, MEPs also commented extensively on the 12 December elections in the UK and Brexit, with most speakers regretting that the country is ready to depart from the European Union. Nonetheless, all of them highlighted that the democratic result needs to be respected. They called for negotiations to be successfully concluded, in order to safeguard the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the UK and the EU.
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