The Malta Independent 26 June 2022, Sunday

Social Climate Fund receives strong support in crucial vote

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 16:51 Last update: about 2 months ago

Key legislation, being led by MEP David Casa, received broad support today in a crucial vote taken today in the European Parliament, an EPP statement read.

The vote in the joint EMPL-ENVI Committee comes after months of negotiations to find compromises on key parts of the draft regulation on the Social Climate Fund, that will see millions invested in Maltese households over the next decade, an EPP statement read.

"I am pleased to see that the compromises we negotiated were accepted in their totality," Casa said. "The feedback we received from colleagues was that our work on the Social Climate Fund greatly improved what the European Commission proposed. This view translated in practice to the support shown for the vote."


Over 100 MEPs from the European Parliament's EMPL and ENVI Committees voted on the proposals made by Casa and his co-rapporteur Esther de Lange in a draft report on the regulation submitted earlier this year.

Among the proposals accepted were the expanded support for green mobility, providing for financial support to incentivise access to private zero-emission vehicles and improved, affordable public transport.

"At a European level, this Fund delivers billions across the EU. Our work on this file strived to ensure that all regions benefit from relevant support - including Malta. So I am happy that we received overwhelming support for this file.

"In the case of Malta, while road transport emissions are the lowest in Europe, they are rising at among the highest rates. Investing in greener transport is a key priority if Malta is to reduce its emissions in the long-run."

Casa stressed that households and citizens could benefit from the proposed Fund. He cited solar panels, greener mobility, and insulation as only but a few examples of the support envisaged by the Fund.

Today's vote confirms support for a swathe of proposals geared to reduce the impact of climate measures on citizens, and to "usher in cleaner technologies and practices to wane society off of fossil fuels," he said.

MEPs supported the proposals in defining energy and mobility poverty on an EU level, which will result in a better targeting for the Fund and improved data collection and reporting. The joint committee also confirmed a stronger link between EU funding and rule of law commitments.

David Casa is the EMPL Rapporteur for the Social Climate Fund, a multi-billion euro fund that forms part of the Fit-For-55 Package, the European Union's main vehicle to phase out fossil fuels and fight climate change.

Casa thanked his co-rapporteur and EPP Vice President Esther de Lange for the close cooperation shown throughout.


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