Opinion Factsheet  

The European Climate Pact

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Opinion Number: CDR 1360/2020
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2020
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- stresses that the Climate Pact should be first of all an enabler for cooperation between the LRAs and the European institutions. It should serve as an innovative governance tool, to develop ideas, channel field information into the EU decision-making process, improve implementation of EU policies and coordinate action to combat climate change, while simultaneously tackling the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic;

- underlines therefore that the Climate Pact should also act as an "umbrella" initiative with its own branding for the existing and future local climate pacts or locally driven partnerships, working towards clear climate goals with civil society, businesses and other relevant stakeholders. It should help to create citizens' support for climate policies, facilitate exchanges of best practices, replication and scale up of the most successful European initiatives, and stimulate the creation of local climate pacts across the EU;

- welcomes the EC Communications on The EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe and Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation. In the context of the ongoing pandemic, climate neutrality policy and territorial resilience must become the backbone of a climate-neutral recovery strategy, ensuring that all funds invested in the recovery of Europe's economies also strongly contribute to accelerating the transition to climate neutrality biodiversity protection and increasing territorial resilience within the foreseen framework;

- points out that this innovative transversal approach of the Green Deal and the economic recovery requires a brand new approach to capacity-building in LRAs, targeting all sectors and pushing for more integrated management. The Climate Pact should be the opportunity to create a Green Deal culture all across LRAs and build citizens' awareness of, and involvement in, all the concerned policy areas;

- stresses that LRAs should have direct access to European funds (from the European budget as well as from other European financial institutions such as the EIB) for both recovery from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and for combating the climate crisis;

- plans to launch the CoR4Climate Pact project to further support this important initiative. The project would include the identification of Green Deal Ambassadors, conceived to be focal points for information and dissemination of best practices related to the Green Deal including the role of the Green Deal as an accelerator for the social and economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis.