About: Pascal Canfin

Germany’s SPD pushes for inclusion of gas in EU green finance taxonomy

The role of gas in the energy transition should be reflected in the EU’s green finance taxonomy, according to the economy and energy spokesperson of Germany's social democratic SPD party, which is expected to lead the next German government coalition.

The Green Brief: EU lessons from Germany’s carbon tax row

A row in Germany over a carbon tax on heating and transport fuels has revealed some of the issues that Europe may soon be confronted with when extending its own carbon market to road transport and housing.

Planned EU carbon market reform is ‘politically suicidal’, warns French MEP

Plans to extend the EU's carbon market to transport and buildings would be "politically suicidal" and risk triggering social unrest similar to the 2018 Yellow Vests movement in France, warned French MEP Pascal Canfin last week. EURACTIV France reports.

MEP Canfin: The French hard line on nuclear is a dead end

The hard line defended by France over the inclusion of nuclear power in the green finance taxonomy is a dead end because there is no majority in favour of it at the EU level, warns lawmaker Pascal Canfin. Instead, the French MEP argues for including nuclear energy in the 'transition' category.

French right, Greens join forces on EU carbon border levy

The European Parliament has finally voted to maintain free CO2 allowances. This has provoked outrage among some European People's Party (EPP) MEPs, particularly from the French Republican party, who, together with the Greens, have sided against the amendment. EURACTIV France reports.

Poor countries in line to receive funds from EU carbon border levy

The future carbon border adjustment mechanism is part of the "new own resources" for the EU budget and must be used to "combat global warming" across the world, Green MEP Yannick Jadot said on Wednesday (3 March). EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

AstraZeneca fails to reassure MEPs over timely vaccine deliveries

Grilled by European lawmakers, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, gave only vague explanations about recent supply cuts of COVID-19 vaccines and about the preferential treatment given to the UK, failing to guarantee the expected EU deliveries for the second quarter of the year.
22-02-2021

Time for Europe to draw exit scenarios from the Energy Charter Treaty

If efforts to reform the Energy Charter Treaty do not bear fruit, Europe must urgently consider exiting the agreement, write Pascal Canfin and Anna Cavazzini.

EU lawmakers raise concerns about UK ‘regression’ on pesticides

Lawmakers in the European Parliament raised concerns about possible UK regression on pesticides and gene editing at a meeting on the new EU-UK trade agreement on Thursday (14 January).

MEP Canfin: EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism ‘is not a tax’

The European Union’s future carbon border adjustment mechanism must mirror the EU’s own carbon market price and structure in order to be compatible with WTO rules, says Pascal Canfin.

MEP Canfin: EU countries must face sanctions for non-compliance with climate goals

As negotiations on the EU's proposed climate law enter the home straight, Pascal Canfin highlights the European Parliament's red lines in talks with EU member states.

Europe ready to restart transatlantic climate dialogue after Trump ‘parenthesis’

The European Commission and senior EU lawmakers said they stood ready to intensify dialogue with the US on climate change, listing car CO2 limits and green finance among areas where “real transatlantic cooperation” is again possible after the four-year “Trump parenthesis”.

Lawmakers vote to exclude fossil fuels from EU recovery fund

The environment committee in the European Parliament voted on Monday (12 October) to exclude fossil fuels from support under the EU’s €750 billion recovery fund intended to boost the bloc's economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Pascal Canfin: On gas and nuclear, EU must apply green finance taxonomy

Whether in the European recovery plan or the just transition fund, Pascal Canfin says he is in favour of applying the EU sustainable finance taxonomy, which allows drawing a line between gas projects that merit public funding and those that don’t.
Agrifood 13-06-2020

EU lawmakers bicker over CAP reform

Lawmakers on the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (AGRI) reacted angrily as their colleagues on the Environment Committee (ENVI) decided to halt cooperation on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) file.

Financiers join EU ‘green recovery alliance’

More than 50 CEOs from the banking and insurance sector – including household names such as BNP Paribas, AXA, Allianz, and Santander – have joined the “green recovery alliance” in the European Parliament.
Aviation 17-04-2020

Austrian Airlines bailout to be linked to climate targets

Coronavirus state aid for Austrian Airlines should support efforts to cut aviation’s carbon footprint, the Alpine republic’s environment minister said on Thursday (16 April), as the government negotiates with the firm’s parent company, Lufthansa.

EU debuts climate law ‘compass’, Greta dismisses it as ‘surrender’

The European Commission officially unveiled its Climate Law on Wednesday (4 March), aimed at making the EU carbon neutral by 2050. But Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg criticised the plan as "surrender".
Climate change 04-03-2020

Pascal Canfin MEP: EU Climate Law must stick to 2030 timeline

The European Commission must publish its impact assessment on the EU's 2030 climate target in June – not in September like is currently mentioned in the draft Climate Law, MEP Pascal Canfin told EURACTIV in an interview.

Stage set for EU-UK tussle over green credentials

Trade talks between the EU and UK start next week with thorny issues like state aid and fish set to complicate matters. There is also a fight brewing over environmental policies that may make an agreement by year’s end even more difficult to come by. 
Climate change 28-01-2020

EU could use carbon border tax against Brexit Britain, warns MEP

The EU could deploy a carbon border tax against the UK after Brexit, according to the head of the European Parliament’s environment committee, if Westminster diverges from bloc rules on issues like carbon markets.
Climate change 28-11-2019

European Parliament declares climate emergency

The European Parliament voted by a large majority on Thursday  (28 November) in favour of a resolution declaring climate emergency in Europe, piling pressure on the EU’s new  Commission to deliver an ambitious European Green Deal after it takes office next month.

European Parliament splits over climate emergency motion

Green lawmakers in the European Parliament have lashed out against a draft motion tabled by centrist MEPs that suggested declaring a climate emergency in Europe, tabling their own motion in response to what they denounced as a “PR-stunt”.

Pascal Canfin MEP: Time to declare climate emergency in Europe

The MEP chairing the European Parliament’s environment committee has called on the Assembly to declare climate emergency at the next plenary session in November. "It would be important to do it at that time," he told EURACTIV in a wide-ranging interview.