Despite the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission (EC) wants to promote a rapid transition to an environmentally sustainable economy. However, some national governments and industrial lobbies are putting pressure on postponing the achievement of climate targets in the light of the current situation.
According to them, the Commission should rather save the economies threatened by the current downturn. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen plans to take into account the proposed EU seven-year budget in the Green Agreement.
In addition, Brussels plans to present an analysis of the impact of further tightening of emission limits by autumn. However, some experts believe that the current economic downturn and a greener regime can be a good incentive for the Green Plan.
On the other hand, various industrial lobbies are pushing for Brussels, for example in the form of airlines that are expecting deep losses due to current flight restrictions. In addition, they fear that the resumption of operations will be hampered by the planned introduction of an aviation fuel tax.
In recent days, EC representatives have repeatedly stated that, despite the short delay caused by the pandemic, they will not abandon the implementation of dozens of steps associated with the Green Plan.
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