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The five – Amigos de la Tierra, Greenpeace, SEO/BirdLife, WWF and T&E member Ecologistas en Acción – presented their 14 demands on 24 April, a month before Europe goes to the polls. The 14 were presented under a general title, ‘A programme for the Earth: social and environmental justice to face up to the crisis’, and the five NGOs say the European Parliament should play a fundamental part in creating ‘more intelligent, fair and sustainable European politics in order to create new jobs while moving towards a culture of sustainability’.
Perhaps inevitably, given that the list was drawn up by five large NGOs, most of the 14 demands are general with no specifics. For example, they call for ambitious climate and energy targets for 2030 but do not specify what they should be. The 14 demands cover renewable energy, waste reduction, protecting biodiversity, cleaner seas and rivers, fighting deforestation, reducing air pollution in line with the latest health recommendations, ensuring that free trade does not damage the environment, eliminating subsidies that lead to environmental damage, and guaranteeing European citizens the right to information and access to justice.
The elections to the 2014-2019 European Parliament take place 22-25 May, with most countries voting on 25 May.
In Brussels, the Green 10, the 10 largest environmental organisations and networks active on the European level, have produced their own manifesto for the elections. The group, of which T&E is a member, have put forward 10 demands for candidates and parties.