Parliament overreacted on 2030 targets

Evzen_TosenovskyThe European parliament’s position on 2030 framework for climate and energy policies has been voted in Strasbourg at the beginning of February. Related to the opinions of some left-wing colleagues, I am here bringing some very bad news. The European Parliament surrendered to the flow of green idealism. Unfortunately, the majority of the MEPs pushed through purposes that would encumber the entire European industry sector. Czech manufacturers, and I feel concerned about them especially, would be subjected to higher costs regarding energy, which would lower our possibilities of competitiveness with Asia or with the United States. During the plenary session, the European Parliament asked the EU member states to determine three 2030 binding targets regarding the 2030 climate and energy policies. Concretely, greenhouse gas emissions should drop by 40 per cent compared to the 1990 levels; in the field of energy efficiency, the target is 40 per cent and in the field of share of renewable energy sources there should be a rise up to 30 per cent.

I would like to stress the reality, these changes have nothing to do with preservation of nature, and this is a pure cost increase driven by the administration. Once again, the climate-energy engineering prevailed in the European Parliament. The saddest fact is that the Czech Socialist and Christian Democratic  members participated on the final shape of the report. The report included such a high number of conflicting affirmations and thesis; we absolutely could not agree with the final text. In particular, our European Conservatives and Reformists group does not support the mandatory target concerning the renewable energy sources and the 2030 energy efficiency target, nor their dissolution at a national level. As a consequence, those who voted in favour of this report, particularly harm the European industry competitiveness, interfere with the accomplishment of the liberalization of the European energy market and do not reflect today’s member states economic achievements.

The Social Democrats declared: “The only useful thing in the realistic world left for us is the objectivity of its recognition and rationality in decision making, and how to act in this realistic world.” I could not agree more with this. Although it is very sad that this rationality they have talked about is being excluded in the climate and energy targets debate. The Socialists are naturally defending the framework suggested by the Commission and its similar, but more radical version that has already been voted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the meantime, is this framework based on some objective truth or on some exact scientific knowledge? Does rationality consist in the fact when compared with other regions in the world; the European industry sector becomes uncompetitive? The decrease of energy prices in the United States and the reverse trend, which is happening in Europe, is more than alarming. European Union deteriorates its business spectrum itself. The continuously increasing pressure on European businesses is being very risky for the future. Europe should stop harming itself. In my opinion, it is absolutely necessary that all countries in the world, and especially China and the United States, known as the world’s biggest emitters, join the active fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

At this stage, it is not about the approval of a compromise agreement with the European Council, as it is sometimes incorrectly mentioned. No official discussion between the European institutions have taken place in this matter, we are talking here about a European Parliament’s autonomous position which is only about to be addressed to the European Council. I firmly believe that the European Council will take these impetuous ambitions back to earth. The European Parliament is subjected to a direct vote and I think that I am not the only MEP who is always trying to voice loudly the interests of the people I represent. Having said that, the European Council’s position is always very important to me, because the European Council directly represents the positions of elected democratic governments. After all, the European Conservatives and Reformists group’s mantra consists in the fact that the member state’s sovereignty should be preserved at its maximal moderate extension within the European Union.

Finally, I would like to warn my left-wing colleagues that the report requiring three binding targets for 2030, and which they cherish so much, is against the position of associations representing the Czech industry and other employers who give jobs to our people. This report is also going against the official position of a member state they come from; the Czech Republic. What kind of interests do the Czech Socialists and Christian Democrats represent? I am convinced that voters will be wondering about the same matter at the upcoming European Parliament elections.

By Evžen Tošenovský

 

 

 

 

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