Dear friends and all those who are interested,
The European Green Deal is supposed to make Europe a frontrunner when it comes to the green transformation of our economies. But in order to be able to fulfil the promise of the Green Deal, all policy areas must follow suit – including competition policy. For the climate, it makes a huge difference whether state aid flows into the expansion of an airport or into the ecological transformation of our industry. But under the current competition rules, environmental protection hardly plays a role. This has to change.
The European Commission is currently working on a fundamental reform of EU competition policy and state aid rules under the banner of the Green Deal. This reform of European competition rules will in part determine whether or not we succeed in meeting our climate targets. State aid has an important steering effect. Whether we use taxpayers’ money to support the construction of a new pipeline for fossil gas or wind turbines owned by citizen cooperatives will shape our energy supply for decades. That is why it is so important to go into a new direction now – also in competition policy. That is why I have developed a green action plan for sustainable competition policy, which I would like to present to you on Tuesday.
Spending taxpayers’ money on fossil energy projects must be a thing of the past. In this German-English webinar, I would like to discuss with experts from the European Commission, civil society and academia how competition policy can help us achieve the Green Deal. So that taxpayers’ money is used to build a sustainable economy!
Date: 13 July 2021, 12:00 – 13:00 CEST
- Alexander Winterstein, European Commission
- Juliette Delarue, Client Earth
- Prof. René Repasi, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Dr. Dörte Fouquet, Director of the European Renewable Energies Federation
- Josh Roberts, REScoopEU
- Michaela Holl, Agora Energiewende
Sven Giegold MEP, Spokesperson of Bündnis90/Die Grünen in the European Parliament
The webinar will be translated live into English and German.
I hope you can join us for an interesting discussion during your lunch break. Please also share this invitation with others who might be interested.
With green European greetings,
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