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Jacques Delors Institute supports letters to EC Vice Presidents

to “Invest in Green Research & Innovation to enable a speedy and sustainable recovery”

Jacques Delors Institute together with five other associations from the renewable energy, climate and environment fields have co-sigend three letters addressed to the Executive Vice-Presidents of the EUropean Commission in order to a invest in green research & innovation to enable a speedy and sustainable recovery.

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Climate & Strategy PartnersE3GEERA, EUREC and Jacques Delors Institute welcome the European Commission’s recent proposal to fund a green and just recovery, as described on 28th May. If the EU is ready to borrow €750bn and engage the €1.1tn MFF for a green recovery then it needs to ensure investments – public and private – will indeed go in that direction. If not, discrepancies between member states and incoherence with EU policy priorities, like Green Deal, will deliver a shallow and fragile recovery, potentially locking in stranded assets for future generations.

Research & Innovation (R&I) is a key driver for economic development and resilience. Ensuring that sufficient investments are made in green R&I is one of the strongest ways for the European Commission to ensure that the recovery is effective and sustainable. The letters propose concrete R&I-related EU policy actions to:

  • Ensure the European Green Deal and National Energy and Climate Plans, guide Member States’ Recovery and Resilience Plans
  • Lever the EIB’s Energy Lending Policy and the ‘Do no harm’ principle.
  • Reinforce the EU budget’s ability to boost the bloc’s research and innovation ecosystem
  • Green Recovery Bond issuance
  • Reinforce Smart Specialisation Platforms with Climate R&I in CEE region

Download the letters below and learn more about specific R&I-related EU policy actions to strengthen and accelerate the economic recovery.

Letter to Executive Vice President Vestager

Letter to Executive Vice President Dombrovskis

Letter to Executive Vice President Timmermans

Climate change | Covid-19 | Energy | Green Europe | Recovery