In a special session of the European Parliament
on 11 December 2019, the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von
der Leyen, presented the much-heralded plan for the EU to become climate
neutral by 2050. The full communication on the ‘European Green Deal’ can be read here. It also includes topics that will affect social
security in the future.
The European Green Deal is a growth strategy for achieving a fair society that focuses on protecting the health and well-being of citizens from environmental risks and impacts.
Sustainability and the well-being of citizens must also be at the heart of economic policy. Therefore, the European Green Deal calls for health to be
given a higher priority in all policy areas.
In line with the European Pillar of Social Rights
The measures mentioned will be guided by the European Pillar of Social Rights. The plan
is to ensure that minimum living standards are guaranteed in order to reduce the risk of energy poverty. In addition, a
sustainable circular economy will boost new activities and help create new jobs.
Healthy food and new opportunities on the labour market
Developing a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system is also addressed, as is better protection of the most vulnerable citizens from
Further vocational training through retraining programmes
or new employment opportunities could stimulate new opportunities for the world
Innovative digital technologies will thus become
a crucial prerequisite for achieving European sustainability goals for achieving a new world of
living and working.
The price of transport
services should reflect the impact of
transport on the environment and people’s health in order to achieve a pollution-free
A mandate to the Member States
The Communication can be viewed as an overarching strategic approach
of the European Commission for the new legislative period, which also reflects
the composition of the new Commission in terms of content and personnel. The
sustainability vision and the policy approach of the new Commission will be included
in future economic, social and health policy strategies, not only in the
present European Green Deal.