According to Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission is proposing to set up a fund to support low-income people, for example in fuel and heating costs.
European Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen promises in interviews with five European newspapers that the EU’s climate decisions, published today on Wednesday, will not hit the lowest-income Europeans.
“We will ensure that low-income households receive support for mobility, driving and heating,” he told a British news site According to The Guardian.
Commission is announcing on Wednesday its proposals for climate action in the coming years and practical tools for the EU to reduce emissions. The EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.
The EU’s goals are in line with the intentions of the Finnish government. Finland wants to be climate neutral already in 2035, but some of the decisions needed for this have not yet been made in Finland.
The emission reduction target is already enshrined in EU climate law, ie it legally obliges to take action to reduce emissions.
Among other things, the Commission plans to tighten emission limits for cars and, according to preliminary data, to include separate heating for individual buildings in the emissions trading scheme.
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Commission the leaked plan also identifies problems with separate heating in individual buildings, for example.
The plans state that the decision may particularly affect the lowest-income earners, as low-income households tend to spend more of their income on heating than high-income households.
The increase in the cost of driving has, in turn, been a matter of concern, especially in France. In 2018, the French government had to reverse its decision raising fuel taxes due to violent protests by protesters called yellow vests.
According to von der Leyen, low-income households could be supported, for example, in heating and fuel costs by setting up an EU-wide fund.
The fund could receive its funding from the revenues generated by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. However, the fund would be set up from the EU budget.
Commission however, von der Leyen does not consider the proposals for future EU climate decisions to be published on Wednesday to be too ambitious, but of an appropriate size.
According to him, the decisions would allow the EU to move towards a greener and low-carbon economy without suffering economic growth.
“Since 1990, emissions have fallen by 25 percent while GDP has grown by more than 60,” von der Leyen notes to Le Mondelle.