France reasserts its full support for the goal of making the European Union (EU) the first carbon neutral continent by 2050. This will also be the main focus of the European Council meeting on 12 and 13 December 2019.
Apart from carbon neutrality in 2050, the European Commission has committed to a rapid pace of transformation in order to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 50%, reaching up to -55% in 2030, in responsible fashion.
The Ministers also commend the Commission's support for two other fundamental requirements promoted by France:
the idea of a European carbon border tax, ensuring that efforts to reduce emissions which European companies are obliged to make also apply to foreign companies exporting to Europe. This is a question of effectiveness and justice ;
assurance that environmental standards and compliance with the Paris Agreement are imperative conditions in all new EU trade agreements, so that competitors outside Europe cannot access the European market if they do not comply with such commitments. Finally, France applauds the Commission's proposal to facilitate public support of investments in the ecological transition.
In the Ministers' opinion, presentation of the Green Deal as the new European Commission's first political action paves the way to fulfilment of a meaningful ambition for the climate and protection of the environment. France has set itself the same priority, and shares the determination to ensure that Europe plays a leading role in the global ecological transition.