Spanish minister: The next 4-6 years will be key in tackling climate change

Spain’s Minister for Climate Action and Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, considers that  “the next four to six years will be key” in the global fight against climate change, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

In an exclusive interview published on Monday by “El Pais”, Ribera stressed that the “associated costs of inaction” are too high to be neglected, “in particular for southern EU countries”, like Spain or Portugal.

“We are a border area, a country with a high risk of desertification and extreme weather events that generate impacts on infrastructure and GDP. Spain must be very interested in the EU”, she stressed.

Ribera expressed her satisfaction that socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s current government (Socialists of PSOE and leftists of Unidas Podemos/United We Can), have considerably extended the competences of her ministry.

In Ribera’s words, Spain should work hard in the EU framework with a view of “collectively finding a way to be more resilient and entirely decarbonised by the mid of the century, but without forgetting equity”, she added. (

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