May 30, 2024

Open letter: Four asks for a stronger EU Strategic Agenda

Carbon Gap and 53 European civil society stakeholders, businesses and organisations call on EU heads of state to reinforce the Strategic agenda.

Key Takeaways

To meet the challenges Europe now faces, we see the following elements as crucial for inclusion in the Strategic Agenda:

  • Maintain the building of a ‘climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe’ as one of the main priorities.
  • Put public funding, economic governance and an EU budget equipped for the future squarely on the agenda.
  • Urgently prioritise social and democratic concerns.
  • An approach to international relations that seeks to build lasting security and solidarity through mutually beneficial clean transition partnerships.

The contours of Europe’s 2024-2029 Strategic Agenda are beginning to take shape. Given the increasingly complex environment that Europe faces, topics such as competitiveness, energy, security, and global engagement are emerging as key drivers.

It is crucial to consider these factors within a broader, forward-thinking strategy that prioritises the lasting well-being of all Europeans. To this end, we strongly recommend that the Strategic Agenda builds upon the success of elevating the EU’s transition to a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe as a strategic north star.

This open letter outlines how this approach would bolster Europe’s competitiveness, security, and place in the world, all while ensuring that averting the existential threat of climate change through a just transition is kept as the priority that scientists – and citizens – tell us it is.

The other signatories are ActionAid International, Association for International Affairs, Austrian Alliance for Climate Justice, Ball Corporation, Bond Beter Leefmilieu, C40 Cities – Climate leadership group, CARE France, Centre for Transport and Energy, CER Sustainable Business Network, Clean Air Action Group, Climate Action Network Europe – CAN-E, Climate Coalition Slovakia, Climate Group, Conama, Corporate Leaders Group Europe, Deutscher Naturschutzring e.V. – DNR, ECCO Think Tank, Eco-union, Ecological Manifesto – ManEco, Electra Energy, Environmental Justice Foundation, Eurocities, EuroHealthNet, European Alliance to Save Energy – EU-ASE, European Anti-Poverty Network France – EAPN France, European Environmental Bureau – EEB, European Heat Pump Association – EHPA, France Nature Environment, Germanwatch, Global Citizen, Haga Initiative, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Europe, Naturfreunde Internationale, Quercus – Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza, Réseau Action Climat, Social Platform, Solar Impulse Foundation, SolarPower Europe, SOLIDAR, Spanish Green Growth Group, Sustainability Embassy in Romania, Swiss Youth for Climate – SYFC, The B Team, Third Generation  Environmentalism – E3G, Transport & Environment, WaterAid, We Mean Business Coalition, Women Engage for a Common Future – WECF, WWF European Policy Office, Youth Climate Strike (FFF Poland), ZERO – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável, Změna k lepšímu,