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ed* Nr. 01/2023

The European Green Deal – a vision for society as a whole

With the European Green Deal, the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen has made achieving the goals of the UN Climate Change ­Conference in Paris 2015 (COP 21) one of the six priorities of its Commission mandate. With this, she had achieved a first political success early on. All previous attempts by the heads of state and government in the European Council to commit to climate neutrality by 2050 had failed in spite of all Member States having signed the Paris Agreement.

ed* Nr. 01/2023 – Chapter 2

The European Green Deal at the core of European climate policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is to contribute to improving the well-being of all citizens. The aim is to transform into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive European economy and a fair and prosperous society. So it is not merely a simple further development of the EU’s environmental policy. Instead, a holistic and cross-sectoral approach, in which all relevant policy areas contribute to the overarching climate goal, is intended to achieve fair and equitable green transition. Some European initiatives also affect social and health policy and are thus of particular importance for the German social insurance system.