Parallel session organised by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament during 28th EGP Council in Antwerp, Friday 18 May 2018, 16.30 - 18.00
The Green/EFA group launched its Fair Transition campaign at the end of last year, with the aim of monitoring the European Commission’s new European Coal Platform, an initiative it launched around the same time.
While it is welcome that the Commission is willing to actively engage on this topic, there is however a risk that it may also use this stakeholder dialogue to promote ‘clean coal’ and the use of ‘Carbon Capture and Storage’, two inherently flawed ideas being pushed by the coal industry.
Thanks to Green members’ work on this issue in the European Parliament (EP) and beyond, our political group is now viewed as an authority on coal at the European level. We have fostered close links with the NGOs that form the Europe Beyond Coal campaign, as well as a number of Trade Unions. Despite growing support for fair transition however, several stakeholders remain reluctant to fully embrace a phase-out of coal; even within the EP, the political groups are divided on the issue.
For this panel discussion we will be joined by representatives from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and from the Europe Beyond Coal campaign. We will discuss the current state of play at EU and national level, as well as how and where there is room for further collaboration to ensure that the Greens’ vision of a fair transition away from coal wins out.
Moderator: Paul Nolan, EGP Press officer
- Benjamin Denis, ETUC representative
- Bas Eickhout, MEP, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, the Netherlands
- Ska Keller, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, Germany
- Ansgar Kiene, Policy Advisor EU climate and Energy Greenpeace Europe