Response to European Parliament vote on rapid phase out of subsidies that harm the environment

Photograph: Copyright Callum Shaw
Photograph: Copyright Callum Shaw

Stop Fossil Fuel subsidies’ organisations welcome a June 15th European Parliament vote calling for a rapid phase out of all subsidies that harm the environment in the 8th Environment Action programme. This overarching programme aims to guide the drafting and implementation of the bloc’s environmental and climate policies, including the European Green Deal, over the next 10 years.

ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said:

“By calling for the elimination of all harmful subsidies, the European Parliament is taking the lead in EU’s fight against climate change”.

“Getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies – like tax exemptions on kerosene for planes or diesel for fishing vessels – is a crucial step towards a decarbonised Europe, one of the main objectives of the EU Green Deal. This is a path the European Commission must continue to follow to fulfil its promise to heal the planet, not fuel the crisis.”

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