The European Parliament declared a climate emergency on 28th November 2019. Europe urgently needs a new sustainable economic model, which combines social and ecological progress, improves the well-being of people and leaves no one behind. This model must reflect the objectives of the Paris Agreement and of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our European Green Deal will put Europe on the path of long-term, sustainable growth and prosperity. It will ensure that our environmental policies plant inclusive seeds for social and economic change, by decreasing social inequalities, reducing imbalances between bigger and smaller member states, getting rid of geographical disparities as well as disparities between women and men and between generations.
Our priority is creating well-being for the many, not just profits for the greedy few. At the same time, we need to respect our planet’s limits.
Our fight is for sustainable equality in all its dimensions - social, economic, political and territorial.
We know that a strong Europe is only possible if the EU has enough resources to use them collectively, to build a better, fairer and cleaner future for our children.
We will prioritise investing in social inclusion, preserving our planet and the fight against inequalities of all kinds.
We are committed to defending the rule of law and fundamental rights wherever needed - in our institutions, in the streets and online. Protecting the integrity of democracy is essential for us.
To make our progressive vision for Europe a reality, we need to depend on fair, assertive, independent and common tools. In recent years, decisions that concern us all have been taken by a only few big member states. We need to bring the EU back to serious, democratic, collegial and balanced methods.
Involvement and participation from people are central to our vision. We need to re-build our alliances with trade unions, NGOs, organised citizens’ platforms, youth initiatives, and women’s platforms. We need to do this across the EU, including peripheries and rural areas. Consulting, informing and cooperating with civil society will always be at the core of what we stand for. Empowering people will turn the page.
We are committed to a partnership on an equal footing with Africa. This partnership must be based on ownership, mutual respect and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that both continents subscribed to.
The partnership between the EU and Africa is a political partnership rooted on constant dialogue and understanding the values of democracy, human rights and good governance in all dimensions of cooperation, including our continents’ trade relations.
We want Europe to be more and more a force for peace. We need to be more actively engaged in promoting stability and democracy globally as the best way to protect citizens. Human rights, solidarity and democracy are the tools we use to achieve what we stand for.