»Der Wandel darf nicht auf Kosten der Kohleregionen stattfinden«

Gemeinsame Erklärung von Bürgermeistern europäischer Kohleregionen, 16.10.2019 (engl. Originalfassung)

We, the Mayors,

Recognizing that Europe’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and the European strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy by 2050 will entail the decarbonization of the European economy,

Stressing that Europe’s transition towards a net zero emissions economy should not happen at the expense of the coal and lignite mining regions, which for decades have propelled the European economy,

Recognizing the consistency of the Just Transition with European values and cohesion,

Expressing our distress that coal and lignite mining regions across Europe will face unprecedented social and economic challenges as a result Europe’s transition towards a net zero emissions economy,

Emphasizing that urgent action is needed as several coal and lignite mining regions across Europe are already experiencing the impact from coal plant retirements and mine closures,

Acknowledging the inter-linkage between the Paris Agreement, the International Labor Organization’s “Guidelines for a Just Transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all”, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,

Underlining the need to integrate the notion of just transition horizontally into the European decision-making process, and recognizing the important role of the new Multiannual Financial Framework in this process, 

Die vollständige Erklärung finden Sie hier.