Europe and Central Asia
28 Jun 2016

NGOs call for a post-Brexit EU agenda that acts for its citizens and their environment

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By Zeynep Karasin

The ten largest environmental NGOs active at EU level, the Green 10, have sent a letter to the heads of the EU institutions and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, to ask for a post-Brexit EU agenda that acts for its citizens and their environment. The NGOs also express their continued commitment to defend EU values such as openness, inclusiveness, tolerance, respect and commitment to sustainability and their sadness over “the fact that 52% of UK voters who turned out to vote in the recent referendum expressed the wish for their country to leave the European Union”.

The Green 10 urges the EU to put “the interests of people and planet first in everything that it does, guided by the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris climate deal”. They also highlight that this kind of inspirational and transformational agenda that puts the citizens first would improve the accountability of the EU institutions, in contrast to the EU’s current focus on less regulation. The NGOs emphasise that less regulation wasn’t enough to convince UK voters to remain:  “The desire to deregulate originates from vested interests, those entities that have gained most from the EU’s internal market and many of whom never wanted a Brexit in the first place.”

The Green 10 undertakes itself and asks the EU to better communicate the values and benefits EU policies have brought for its citizens’ health and wellbeing for example; cleaner air, water and beaches, thriving wildlife, safer substances and green energy. The NGOs urge the EU to show that it is united and willing to act for the benefit of its citizens and their natural environment.

The Green 10 letter is available here: State of the European Union after Brexit: time for a new direction


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