"First important step towards climate neutrality"

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The European Council supports the EU Commission's Green Deal and reaffirms that a concrete action plan must be drawn up to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

"Today's Council decision shows that the EU takes its obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement seriously," says Matthias Zelinger, VDMA Power Systems.

"The consensus of the 28 Member States is an important first step towards climate neutrality. However, political commitment alone is not enough. The transition to a climate-neutral economy will be a challenge for all sectors of society, including industry. The VDMA has long been calling for a framework that provides the right market incentives for conversion to alternative, climate-friendly technologies. It is encouraging that the EU Council not only reaffirms the objectives, but also calls for a framework to facilitate the transition for businesses".