EEB calls for EU to embrace resource productivity following recent international commitments


The European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker should reassess its priorities following the signing of a range of international commitments in 2015, according to EEB.

When the Juncker Commission took office in November 2014, it set out its priorities for its term of office.

However, in light of developments through 2015 such as the signing of the climate change agreement in Paris, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has imagined how the Juncker Commission should revisit those priorities.

EEB general secretary Jeremy Wates said: “After the agreements on Agenda 2030 and the Paris climate deal, we enter 2016 with hope that our political leaders are ready and willing to tackle the challenges facing Europe and the rest of the world.

“For the EU, this means a revised agenda with sustainable development at its heart and where environmental, social and economic concerns are addressed in a balanced way. If adopted, our alternative Juncker priorities would be the first step of a real reform agenda for Europe.”

Among the measures imagined by EEB, it suggested that the Juncker Commission would boost the economy by creating over 10,000 new jobs, through better resource use.

It also proposed a resource productivity target of 30% and improved ecodesign.