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European Parliament approves climate law | GP

The climate law was approved Thursday by 442 votes to 203 against, with 51 abstentions.

– It’s a real boost compared to today’s level. I see that it will only play a bigger and bigger role for Europe and the world, says Swede Jette Gotland (Q) who is responsible for the European Parliament’s consideration of the law.

On the way to 2050, emissions levels by 2030 will be 55 percent lower compared to 1990 levels. The European Commission is expected to explain how to do this with the help of a large number of new bills that will be presented on July 14.

I expect a climate package of unprecedented size. The only thing that worries me is that it won’t be ambitious enough, but the goals are a good starting point, says Swedish EU Member Emma Wisner (centre).

On Thursday, the law was widely supported by the main conservative, liberal and social democratic party groups. The far right, left and greens are not happy, for various reasons.

“A very poor compromise,” for example, says Pär Holmgren (MP) in a statement.

“The brake pads in the Fossils and countries like Poland and Hungary have got what they want,” says colleague Malin Björk (V).

Facts: EU climate law

The European Commission presented its climate law proposal last spring and then launched a binding target for the EU to be collectively climate neutral by 2050. Otherwise, the law essentially consists of rules for how emissions reductions should be reviewed and updated until then.

The Commission has since added that by 2030 the EU should have reduced its emissions by at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels. The same level has been supported by EU member states. The European Parliament wanted at least 60 per cent, but was satisfied with 55 per cent after promising clear requirements as to how much to account for when it comes to carbon sinks, such as the forest.

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The final agreement also includes setting new emissions targets on the way by 2040. In addition, a climate policy council will be set up with 15 experts, a maximum of two of whom are from the same country.