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Key EU Commission speech: gaps between words and action

Posted On: 16 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Client Earth

Today, EU Commission president Ursual von der Leyen gave her State of the Union speech in Brussels.
Our Head of EU Affairs, Anaïs Berthier was listening, and noticed a worrying discrepancy when it came to the environment.
Reacting to the speech, she said: “The Commission is right to reject the status quo and aim for systemic change for the environment and public health but there is a discrepancy between words and deeds here.
“For example, agriculture is a significant source of pollution, pollution which damages our health and the environment, but the CAP is being adopted on the legislative proposal that predates both this Commission and the adoption of the European Green Deal .
“The CAP is not aligned with the EGD and the Farm to Fork strategy. This is the status quo and at odds with the principle of consistency enshrined in the EU Treaty. Systemic change is not happening here, which means that the environment and public health are not going to improve.
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