A catechesis partner contacted me a few months ago to prepare the music for the confirmation of some young members of our community, the first significant event in the parish for a long time. He told me that it had thought to include in addition to the liturgical songs, a Michael Jackson's song that undoubtedly many know: Heal the World. Then I looked it up online and started listening to it. As I did so, I understood entirely why he was thinking about to include this song in our repertoire. However, what I did not expect is that his handwriting would also inspire me in the work we were doing on the European Green Deal.

On December 11, 2019, the European Commission published the communication on the European Green Deal, a strategy for economic growth and strengthening the competitiveness of the European economy, the natural result of the evolution of the recent European Commission's policies and strategies.

Its main objective is to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern economy, efficient in the use of resources and competitive, in which there will be zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, and the economic growth will be decoupled from the use of the resources.

The Green Deal also aims to protect, maintain and improve the natural capital of the EU, as well as protect the health and well-being of citizens against environmental risks and effects. This transition must also be fair and inclusive, giving priority to the human dimension, paying particular attention to the regions, sectors and workers exposed to the most significant challenges (such as coal miners).

After the emergence of COVI-19, the Green Deal has become one of the fundamental pillars of the European recovery plan, trying to advance future measures in the recovery process and integrating sustainability in its broadest sense (economic, environmental and social) as a competitiveness factor.

The Green Deal is accompanied by a roadmap, which is made up of a set of regulations, strategies and action plans for the coming years. Some of them have already been published. One of the fundamental elements that can be concluded from the reading is the interrelation between the different documents and, obviously, the approaches. In other words, the Green Deal no longer proposes a unidirectional strategy, on the contrary, all the plans, strategies and regulations have apparent interconnections, which show more than ever the importance of the collaboration among agents

 

2018    A clean planet for all Europeans. Strategic long term vision for a prosperous modern, competitive and climate neutral economy COM (2018) 773 final
 2019 Diciembre  The European Green Deal COM (2019) 640 final (11 December 2019)
 2020 Enero  Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism COM (2020) 22 (14 January 2020)
  Marzo European Climate Law (4 March 2020)
European industrial strategy package (10 March 2020)
Circular Economy Action Plan (11 March 2020)
  Julio EU strategy on energy system integration (8 July 2020)
A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe (8 July 2020)
  Septiembre Greenhouse gas emissions - raising the ambition (September 2020)
EU-wide assessment of the final NECPs (17 September 2020)
  Octubre A Renovation Wave for Europe - greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives (14 October 2020)

 

The Basque Country faces numerous challenges to maintain its competitiveness. These and other challenges are addressed by the European Green Deal and by the EU economic recovery plan, which raises the need to modernize European economies and adapt them to comply with the environmental commitments and the SDGs and recover the relevance that the EU had in the past.

Therefore, the European Green Deal may help the Basque Country to fulfil its objectives, although this Deal must be accompanied by an improvement in training, digitization, the availability of economic and financial resources, among others.

The Basque Country has the tools to advance in this line; it has a Basque Network of Science, Technology and Innovation, an industrial network, the public-private collaboration is remarkable, in recent decades it has advanced in waste management, ecodesign and circular economy. Although at a slower pace than other European regions, the knowledge and technology industry is prospering, and since the 2008 crisis it has increased its relevance in GDP terms. Now the main question will be to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that the European Green Deal opens and to adapt the economy of the Basque Country to the new needs and leadership requirements that the new context poses.

As the song is not easy because in addition to being long it has voices that are not easy to replicate without practice and careful listening, the European Green Deal is a valuable instrument, but complex to break down. However, if we let ourselves go, we will realize that its lyrics are just as exciting and inspiring and that betting on their fulfilment will bring substantial benefits for all, leaving no one behind. From here, my best wishes for health and a message of hope, we will move forward!

 

 


macarena larrea

Macarena Larrea

Macarena Larrea holds a Ph.D. in Business Advertising and Development from the University of the Basque Country, she wrote her thesis on the “Internalization of the External Costs of Electricity Production”.

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