New German Government: The coalition agreement has a clear message: We need Europe and Europe needs us, says Henrike Hahn

Europe as a strong, cross cutting issue in the coalition agreement is a milestone in Germany's history and a mandate for the coalition partners to implement in Brussels, explains Greens MEP
Henrike Hahn | Source: European Parliament Audiovisual

By Henrike Hahn

Henrike Hahn (DE, Greens/EFA) is deputy spokesperson of the delegation of Alliance 90/The Greens in the European Parliament.

06 Dec 2021

The climate and Covid crises demand solutions, prosperity must be re-established, and we need cohesion in the context of social change.

We will work on the conversion of the energy system to renewable energy, to transform industry, and to put ourselves on the 1.5-degree path to meet the Paris climate goals.

After years of stagnation, it will be important to set in motion a new dynamic in climate protection as a cross-cutting issue in all areas - from transport, industry, construction and housing to agriculture and foreign policy.

We must establish an immediate climate protection programme, and a climate check for all legislation, and we want to expand the annual economic report to cover ecological, social and societal aspects of prosperity in addition to economic ones.

We will expand the use of renewable energy. This will support Germany’s coal phase-out, which is also underpinned by an ambitious reform of the EU emissions trading scheme in a just transition process.

Transformation of the industrial and transport sectors is indispensable for climate protection. We will promote an investment offensive in Europe for European energy, data and rail networks.

"We want to strengthen organic farming, with a target of 30 percent organic acreage by 2030. We will reduce the use of pesticides, promote the development of nature and environmentally-friendly alternatives and withdraw glyphosate from the market by the end of 2023"

And we support the European Commission's plans to allow only CO2-neutral vehicles in the transport sector in Europe in 2035.

To ensure a successful shift to CO2-neutral production, we will support industry with carbon contracts as effective measures against international climate dumping, such as a CO2 border adjustment mechanism.

We will make the EU strategically more sovereign in energy, health, digital and technology. This way we become more independent in our infrastructure and our strategic industrial ecosystems.

We need a more ecological, animal-friendly agriculture and better protection of nature. We want to strengthen organic farming, with a target of 30 percent organic acreage by 2030. We will reduce the use of pesticides, promote the development of nature and environmentally-friendly alternatives and withdraw glyphosate from the market by the end of 2023.

We will implement a value-based foreign policy and will strengthen human rights policy, humanitarian aid and civil crisis prevention.

"Never before have we had a German coalition agreement that featured Europe in such strong cross-cutting terms. It sends a clear message: We need Europe and Europe needs us"

We advocate a more social EU and wage equality, with a European social security number and a wage transparency directive to close the gender pay gap across Europe.

We will not cosy up to democracy destroyers, but defend the rule of law more consistently, punishing violations.

We will make the EU more democratic and closer to its citizens: With more transparency on projects, a voting age from 16 and transnational lists.

We want to further develop the Stability and Growth Pact and deepen the economic and monetary union, focusing on growth, investment and debt sustainability.

Never before have we had a German coalition agreement that featured Europe in such strong cross-cutting terms. It sends a clear message: We need Europe and Europe needs us.

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