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The CoR launches the survey: “Is the Green Deal fit for combatting climate change in EU regions and cities?“  

The EU ambition for climate neutrality is supported by decided legislative and financial efforts that are intimately linked with the recovery from the COVID crisis. The Council , the Commission and the German presidency are giving steps towards the 'new normality'.

The response to the current crisis will result in a reprioritisation of the Green Deal: the views of Local and Regional Authorities on this has to be kept into consideration, as they have been the first responders to the crisis and will be at the forefront of the recovery, having the ultimate responsibility of finding the right balance and synergies between economic priorities and environmental and climate protection.

There is a need for the Green Deal to go local, in order to:

  1. ensure that each and any local and regional community can find its green transformation formula, capable of facing the impact of climate change;
  2. guarantee a territorially cohesive and socially just transition, where no region and no individual is left behind;
  3. provide the concrete tools (finance, regulation, governance) capable of rapidly empowering the partnerships between the regional and local governments and the socio-economic actors.

The inputs to this questionnaire  will feed into the ENVE commission's opinion "The impact of climate change on regions: an assessment of the European Green Deal" that follows the referral from the German Presidency of the Council. The objective of the study is to explore the potentials and shortcomings of the Green Deal as actually designed to respond to the climate crisis, from a local and regional point of view, also with a view to the current circumstances, as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The study should take into account the feasibility of Green Deal measures and objectives from a local and regional perspective, keeping in line with the principle of proportionality. The study should focus in particular on:

  • The potential need for reprioritisation of Green Deal components due to the post-pandemic recovery, also based on the impact assessment of the revision of the 2030 EU target plan.
  • The role of Green Oath and sustainability mainstreaming for the success of the Green Deal.
  • The SDGs as a tool for monitoring the successful implementation of the Green Deal.
  • The suggested pace and strategy of implementation of Green Deal tools (including Next Generation EU) in order to align the socio-economic and climate-related elements of the Green Recovery.
  • The existing best practices in the field of integrated actions targeting climate neutrality

Please answer before October 23, 2020.

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