»Let's take it step by step and move ahead together to make this a just transition and a Green Deal for all, not just the lucky few.
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
How do we ensure that the green recovery turns into a just recovery that delivers wellbeing for all? Since the Green Deal’s initial launch, the Commission has emphasised the different societal realities in Europe. COVID-19 has further revealed and exacerbated inequalities between and within member states. Building a low carbon economy will mean losses for some but also create many new opportunities. This policy lab focuses on how we achieve a fair distribution of the benefits resulting from the green recovery. In particular, we focus on identifying pathways to more secure livelihoods, higher- quality jobs and greater equality.
Policy Lab objectives
The policy lab on a “Just Recovery” takes the most recent recovery programs as a working base to
- Define metrics to measure the success of a “Just Recovery”
- Identify where and how the Recovery programs can channel investments
- Discuss how a Just Recovery can improve citizens’ access to basic goods and services
- Access: What constitutes the basic goods and services necessary for a just recovery and how might Just Recovery and Resilience and Recovery Plans create equal access to these?
- Success criteria: How might the Commission and Member States define a just recovery in terms of livelihoods, job quality, and inequalities, without limiting the definition to skills and employment?
- Investment: How might we enable member states to invest in a way that doesn’t put workers and the environment at risk?