08 December 2020
On Sunday 6 December, the 32nd Council of the European Green Party concluded with the adoption of key resolutions that will drive the work of the European Greens for the years to come. The Council, held online and co-hosted by Partia Zieloni - the Polish Green Party, saw over 300 Green leaders and activists renew their commitments to fight for a greener and fairer Europe in the difficult context of democratic and human rights backsliding.
It was particularly timely for the EGP Council to be co-hosted by the Polish Green Party as it allowed for some lively debates with Polish Green leaders and civil society activists on the most current topics they face in their daily work: How to defend the rule of law, LGBTI rights, and women rights under a government showing illiberal tendencies? How can the ecological transition be accelerated in the countries most in need of support? How to translate climate emergency declarations into ambitious climate action?
Evelyne Huytebroeck, co-chair of the European Green Party, comments:
“Our 32nd Council showed again that our movement can combine hope, dynamism, and ambitious solutions, pushed forward by activists and political leaders. The increasing trust that citizens all over Europe keep showing us is a testament to our work and engagement to bring about a fair, green Europe that works for all.
Europe is at a crossroads. The Greens are decidedly ready to fight for the road of solidarity with a strong recovery and EU budget, the road of democracy and the rule of law with clear conditionalities, and the road of the green transition with an ambitious climate law that sets us on the path to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. The road of hope for a green and fair future for current and future generations.
Thomas Waitz, co-chair of the European Green Party and MEP, adds:
“The path offered by populistic far-right forces is what we are fighting against: by blocking the recovery fund they are willing to take European citizens, including their own, hostage to defend their anti-democratic agendas. We will not let them strong-arm the European Union into choosing between rule of law and democracy, or the recovery from a health and economic crisis. Both must go hand in hand.”
BACKGROUND: The European Green Party held its bi-annual Council online with the support of Partia Zieloni - the Polish Green Party. It included interventions from Green leaders (ministers, mayors, MEPs) and civil society activists.
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