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EU's corona virus fund to have green strings

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2020-05-29 13:12:31 – Belgium

The European Union has confirmed that it's projected $750 billion (US$830bn) bundle to assist the bloc to recuperate from the coronavirus crisis will be connected to environmental commitments, with a quarter of all funding set aside for action on climate change.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen advised the European Parliament that intends to reserve 25 percent of EU spending for climate-friendly expenditure would apply to this restoration program in the COVID-19 catastrophe, and also the EU's updated funding proposal.

It comes after the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) last month called for any European Union (EU) corporate bailouts to assist companies survive the coronavirus crisis to be connected to social and environmental responsibilities.

More than 150 global corporations - like H&M, Inditex proprietor Zara, IKEA and PVH, also recently signed a letter Retrieval' statement urging governments to align post-pandemic Profession recovery with climate science.

EU officials confirmed the pandemic recovery fund would be guided by a renewable fund taxonomy to channel investments to technologies that lead to at least one of six pre-defined environmental goals, such as climate change mitigation, and could also feature a"don't harm" test.

Grants and loans distributed to EU member nations under the restoration fund would have to support"investments and reforms" from the applicant country, with green aspects part of the criteria.

"The philosophy is very much helping the market to recover. But we want the economy to recover in a specific direction, which is green, green and more resilient," an EU official clarified.

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