threats to leave it and other efforts which undermine its essence, now is not the time for President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans to equivocate, dawdle and show a lack of leadership by failing to deliver such a potential win for the EU’s reputation.
Yes, it’s ‘The Hunt for Green October’. From this inexplicable paralysis on the Directives, to the clear and ringing endorsement from the Stakeholder Platform for a CAP Fitness Check where business, NGOs and others defied Member State inaction on CAP Reform, we are on the hunt. In October, we are also preparing to enter the murky waters of unbridled bioenergy: we’ll be calling on the EU to cancel its current ‘blank cheque’ approach and to produce a balanced new proposal that distinguishes between ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of this complicated renewable.
The firm endorsement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals recently expressed by Vice-President Timmermans in New York, which we applaud, is part of the same value system that underpins support for strengthened Birds & Habitats Directives. And a coherent and consistent, and democratically responsive position, requires the Commission to release their decision now.