Financing Sustainable Growth

ECON-VI/034
Adopted

Financing Sustainable Growth

Tilo GUNDLACK
Tilo GUNDLACK
Member Germany
Member of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
 pa3mail@landtag-mv.de
 +49 385 5252352
 DE
Commissions: ECON-VI , NAT-VI
 Adoption: 06/12/2018
 Theme: Enterprise and Industry , Economy and Finance , Environment
Commission: Commission for Economic Policy (ECON-VI)
The objective of this opinion is to put forward the concerns and priorities of local and regional authorities and of the CoR regarding the Commission's action plan on sustainable finance and the legislative proposals seeking to implement it. Finance will need to be at the heart of the solution if the EU is to achieve its ambitious objectives with regards to sustainable development - a key priority for local and regional authorities, many of whose competences and roles are concerned. The development of solutions to push the financial markets and their participants in the direction of sustainable development can have a tremendous impact and it is thus essential for the CoR to make the voice of cities and regions heard. In addition, while private capital and investment are the main targets of this Action Plan, public capital also plays a major role in encouraging a more sustainable development, in a large part thanks to its ability to invest for the very long term and to act as a catalyst. Local and regional authorities are responsible for more than half of public investment in the EU, and much more in some Member States such as Belgium, Spain, or Germany, and are thus directly concerned . Cities and regions have broad competences and financial responsibilities in the fields of infrastructure, transport and housing, which are crucial to the establishment of a greener, more sustainable economy. In addition, regional and local authorities are significant issuers of green bonds and are thus directly concerned by some of the measures of this Action Plan.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS - warmly welcomes the Commission's "Action Plan: Financing Sustainable Growth", and shares its stated objectives and its willingness to enable the financial sector and private investors to fully play their part in achieving the ambitious and common climate and sustainability objectives; - calls on the Commission to clarify how a balance can be struck between the partly conflicting aims of the Action Plan with simultaneous preservation of financial stability; points out that the promotion of sustainable finance should not be to the detriment of stability on the financial market; - believes that this Action Plan and its implementation should be seen in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and of the EU's stated willingness to pursue these goals; - is concerned about the effects of climate change within the EU and world-wide, and points out that local and regional authorities (LRAs) often have primary responsibility for mitigating damage caused by increasingly extreme natural phenomena and for investing in adjustment measures; - stresses that the consequences of climate-related natural disasters are immediately felt in LRAs and that the latter also benefit from securing the long-term competitiveness of the EU economy and from new, more sustainable investment and job opportunities; - deplores, however, the one-sided focus on environmental elements of sustainability in the Commission's Action Plan, and specifically in the "framework proposal"; insists that social concerns are as integral to sustainability as environmental ones, and that governance issues are also highly relevant, especially in the particular context of investment.
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