Fair compromise for still very high climate protection and sustainable jobs

Last night, Christian Democrats, Social Democrats and Liberals agreed on a new compromise on emissions trading. Peter Liese (EPP, Christian Democrats), environment and climate policy spokesman for the EPP Group and rapporteur on emissions trading for the European Parliament, said: "I am very relieved and very satisfied. This is a fair compromise for the EU's most important climate protection instrument. Parliament's climate protection ambitions remain very high. The new emissions trading scheme will quadruple the EU's climate protection ambitions each year, while at the same time protecting against deindustrialization and safeguarding and creating future-oriented jobs. This is a clear improvement over the original proposal of the Environment Committee."

"For us as a group, it was important that the carbon border adjustment mechanism CBAM starts more slowly at the beginning of 2027, when it is not yet clear whether this novel instrument will work at all. If the border adjustment mechanism works then, the ambition level will be increased. Everyone has lived up to their responsibility here and I am confident that this compromise will be supported by a large majority in Parliament next week, which will give us the necessary backing for the negotiations with the Council," said Peter Liese, looking ahead optimistically.