Frans Timmermans is proud of the handling of the corona crisis and says the EU has acted very well. In addition, the green deal also has a bright future, according to the 60-year-old PvdA member.
“Who would have thought that we could put together a recovery program so quickly and that countries like the Netherlands could also agree to temporarily set aside fiscal rules because we simply had to invest,” he says in Strasbourg. “And it should also be mentioned that the EU has exported vaccines to the rest of the world more than anyone else. But there is still a lot to do.”
The European Commission already announced last Wednesday that about 200 million vaccines still have to be supplied to non-EU countries. In addition, the European Union wants to invest one billion euros in production capacity in Africa and 50 billion euros in the establishment of a new European health authority, HERA. That agency should ensure that the EU is better prepared for a possible next pandemic.
In addition, the Vice-President of the European Commission wants to go green as soon as possible. The goal is to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. Timmermans indicates that if we had started the European Green Deal 5 years earlier, we would not have had to deal with the sky-high energy prices.