Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier (left) and Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans (right).

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier (left) and Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans (right).

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Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier is today meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans to discuss various topics at bilateral level, including the European Commission's plans for a European Green Deal. In his capacity as Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans is responsible for implementing the European Green Deal. The European Commission has announced numerous individual measures to be taken under the programme to make the EU the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Yesterday, it also presented proposals for the financing of the measures in Brussels.

Prior to the meeting, Minister Altmaier said: "The German Government supports the European Commission in its ambitious project to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent through the European Green Deal. We will play an active role in this process, especially during the German Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2020. I regard the Green Deal as a growth strategy for our economy that will enable us to safeguard jobs with the help of innovations and new clean technologies.

We must use the European Green Deal to strengthen our economy and play an active role in supporting structural change. Only then will Europe be able to set an example for other countries in the world".