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French Presidency recommendations: how to deliver on the EU’s green ambitions

20 Jan 2022
Agriculture & Food
Transport, Energy & Climate

Between 20 and 22 January 2022, the EU Climate and Energy Ministers will meet in Amiens, France, to discuss the state of a wide range of environmental issues. This is a unique opportunity for the French Presidency of the Council of the EU to advance the common European climate agenda. Take a look at AmCham EU’s recommendations to support the EU’s green transition.

This week, Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Green Transition, France, will welcome her European counterparts in Amiens. This meeting will be an opportunity for Ministers in charge of environment and energy to reflect on the French Presidency’s priorities and advance the common climate agenda. Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal and climate action policy, Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission will be amongst the attendees. The participants will take part in several working sessions aimed at aligning strategies on deforestation, a just environmental transition and energy prices. 

AmCham EU member companies continue to be constructive partners in supporting the definition and implementation of the Green Deal. Key action areas that will be critical to the green transition include:

  • Fit for 55: the climate and energy policy framework developed for emissions reduction should be all-encompassing to balance sustainability, competitiveness and innovation.
  • Circular economy: to ensure sustainable growth, we must aim to maintain the value of products, materials and waste for as long as possible, while supporting recycling infrastructure and technologies, protecting human health and preserving Europe’s competitiveness.
  • Mobility and transport: a balanced approach to low-emission mobility and the heightened use of digital technologies can contribute to a more competitive and clean transport sector.
  • Finance: sustainable innovation will require integrated European capital markets to mobilise, attract and activate new pools of investment.
  • UN Climate Change Conferences: international cooperation should be at the core of efforts aiming for an ambitious and attainable multilateral framework to address climate change.
  • Food systems: a holistic, fair and coordinated agri-food supply chain, in cooperation with actors at all levels, will make food systems more sustainable and reliable.

What our planet looks like tomorrow will depend on how we balance economic recovery and environmental protection today. To do so, we must work together. Learn more about our recommendations for EU decision-makers in the areas of environment, agriculture and fisheries, transport, telecommunications and energy here