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V4 + Romania and Bulgaria discuss Fit for 55 package

Countries of the Visegrad Group – Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – exchanged views on the Fit for 55 package, the European Commission’s landmark proposal, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent by 2030. Romania and Bulgaria also joined the meeting.

Achieving emission reduction targets set out in the Fit for 55 package is crucial to Europe becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality.

It will shape the climate ambitions of every EU Member States. Several associations and institutions from the CEE region welcomed the package as they are all already actively contributing to the growth of zero- and low-emission economies. At the same time, many concerns were raised regarding a lack of ambitions and fundings which could put the region at risk of being left behind.

V4 countries together with Romania and Bulgaria assessed the implications of the package on their economies. Hungary’s State Secretary for the Development of Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Policy, Attila Steiner underlined that the Commission’s proposal would push the costs of CO2 emissions on the residential and transport sector, which would place a significant additional burden on European thus Hungarian households.

“It is extremely important for us that the costs are not paid by the Hungarian families but the big polluters who are responsible for its carbon dioxide emissions,” concluded the State Secretary.

According to the press release of the Ministry, this opinion was mirrored by the V4 countries as well as Romania and Bulgaria, hence there is a good chance that they will be able to represent a common position on the package.

The COP26 International Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow in November was also on the table. According to the Hungarian State Secretary, the various common challenges put the region on the same page such as the ongoing coal phase-out and just transition. The representatives also discussed the future of e-mobility. The parties will continue to coordinate their viewpoints and hold discussions about funding options.

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