Im Wind wehende Flagge der EU

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At the first formal meeting of the Competitiveness Council during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Brussels today, representatives of the ministries for economic affairs of the EU Member States will be discussing how to make the European Green Deal a sustainable growth strategy for the EU. State Secretary Claudia Dörr-Voß will be attending the meeting in Brussels on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

State Secretary Dörr-Voß said: "The basic idea of the European Green Deal is to combine climate action with economic prosperity. We must succeed in translating the 'Fit for 55' package into a reliable framework for a climate-friendly and competitive industry: a Clean Industry Framework which establishes lead markets for green industrial goods and end products, adjusts EU state aid rules to updated EU climate targets and helps energy-intensive industrial sectors to develop innovative technologies for large-scale use as a contribution to climate action and industrial value creation."

The 'Fit for 55' package consists of a number of interlinked climate and energy policy proposals which aim to achieve the EU’s new climate targets and economic prosperity. The focus of the discussion, especially in the Competitiveness Council, is to keep an eye on the overall impact of the different proposals of the 'Fit for 55' package on the competitiveness of European industry in the short, medium and long term. This includes, on the one hand, the opportunities and risks for industry, and, on the other hand, the participation of all Europeans and companies in a successful and green transformation process. Furthermore, the 'Fit for 55' package needs to be embedded in open markets and fair competition at international level on the basis of clear, predictable and multilaterally agreed rules.