Stricter EU climate target met with rejection in Union

With a view to the planned tightening of the EU climate target, the transport policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU group and chairman of the EPP SME group in the European Parliament, Jens Gieseke, criticized the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.

“Anyone who launches 55 percent as a CO2 reduction target must expect 60 and more from the European Parliament. Ursula von der Leyen initiated this outbidding competition without any problems, ”said Gieseke of the“ Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung ”.

Gieseke said: "We are in the middle of the deepest recession in decades, and one has the impression that for some people the deindustrialization of Europe cannot go fast enough." One must be careful that this debate does not become the "nail in the coffin of European industry" . "Anyone who makes politics so carelessly and without a proper impact assessment is endangering Europe as an industrial location." It was recently announced that the EU Commission is promoting in a new climate target plan that greenhouse gases not only be 2030 percent below the 40 level by 1990 press, but by 55 percent. EU Commission chief von der Leyen, who like Gieseke belongs to the CDU, named the target on Wednesday in her “State of the European Union address” in the European Parliament. “I expect Ursula von der Leyen to give priority to work, the economy and growth in this crisis. Otherwise we will not only lose tens of thousands of jobs, but also industrial know-how, ”said Gieseke. “We can't raise the bar every year. We need planning security and reliability for industry and medium-sized companies. "

The European politician from Lower Saxony therefore calls for an “approach with moderation and no reduction in CO2 with a crowbar”. The step forward from the commission calls again all those who have been diligently conjuring up the end of the internal combustion engine for years. "MAN, Siemens, Bosch, ZF, Daimler, is anyone actually noticing this dramatic loss of tens of thousands of industrial jobs?" Warned Gieseke.