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The Just Transition Fund must reward climate ambition
(EurActiv, 4 Jun 2020) The EU’s Just Transition Fund must reward climate ambition and prioritise Europe’s coal communities where the cliff-edge is fast approaching, writes Niklas Nienaß.
Niklas Nienaß is a German Member of the European Parliament affiliated to the Greens/EFA group.
The European Commission’s proposal for a Just Transition Fund (JTF) is explicitly designed to support EU regions facing the biggest challenges in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
As the EU outlines plans for a huge recovery package in response to the COVID19 crisis, this (still relatively) small fund remains a beacon of hope for a more resilient future for these vulnerable, fossil fuel-dependent communities.
While the COVID-19 crisis is rightly at the forefront of our focus at the present time, the climate crisis poses an even greater long-term threat to the health of our societies. Left unchecked, it will exacerbate and reduce our ability to respond to future crises of this and other kinds.
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