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20 years of European journalism & history

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Twenty years doesn't seem a lot. Certainly not in the light of European history. But while we were writing this magazine for the 20th anniversary of EUobserver, we were surprised just how much happened in the European Union in those two decades.


BAROMETER: FINANCE FOR AGROECOLOGY THE NEED FOR FOOD SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION IS RECOGNIZED AT ALL LEVELS. THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL AND THE RECOVERY PLAN FOR EUROPE COULD SHIFT FINANCE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND INCREASE SUPPORT FOR AGROECOLOGY. 2.7% 16% 1.4% 12.6% 5% 51% EU DG DEVCO funding for FAO, IFAD, WFP Belgian ODA Danish ODA French bilateral flows to developing countries Funds that benefit agroecological transition UK ODA Swiss R4D For further information you can consult the following pages: - INVEST IN FOOD SYSTEMS CHANGE TO MEET YOUR SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS! “Agroecology offers a unique approach to meeting the needs of future generations while ensuring no one is left behind.” FAO 38 — EUOBSERVER ANNIVERSARY 2020

EU's Green Deal – a global 'gold standard'? the year 2019 All EU action on the climate stands at the crossroads between domestic ambition and international cooperation - especially with the G20 countries, who are responsible for about 80 percent of all global emissions. By Elena Sánchez Nicolás European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans: 'Because of the need for recovery from the Covid crisis, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest. We better do it in the right way' Photo: European Commission For decades there has been extensive scientific consensus that the climate is changing - but only during the past few years experts have been able to link that change to particular weather events. In Europe, the increase in heatwaves, floods, droughts, landslides plus other noticeable effects have changed citizens' perceptions and their expectations of environmental protection. A wave of climate strikes across the bloc, and the outcome of the 2019 European elections, where Green parties did well, were a powerful reminder of this new reality, especially for those responsible for finding an effective response to what is widely seen as the biggest challenge of the 21st century. The long-anticipated "European Green Deal" was launched in December 2019 by European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, who was given the responsibility of overseeing the bloc's climate policy after leading a passionate campaign to become the president of the EU executive. This so-called "new growth strategy" is designed to make Europe the first continent to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050 - an idea that marries up the EU's legally-binding commitment (made under the international Paris Agreement in 2015), where the average global temperature rise is to be limited to well below 2℃. The Green Deal's flagship initiative will soon take the form of a "European Climate Law," transforming these political promises into binding obligations, while providing predictability and legal certainty to guide investors - and hopefully 39 — EUOBSERVER ANNIVERSARY 2020

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