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There is widespread acknowledgement that Europe’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must be green. What is intended – and what this report calls 'Green Recovery' – is a design of European and national recovery programmes that not only 'do no harm' to the climate and the environment but also positively target investments in and support to those industries and technologies that contribute to meeting Europe’s pledged decarbonisation objectives.
This analysis explains how the law already requires the EU institutions to ensure this 'Green Recovery' happens, and calls for further clarification from the Commission to help Member States avoid falling foul of the rules.