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Monday, 26 November 2012

Leading MEP calls for EU climate security envoy

Senior British MEP Graham Watson has called for the creation of an EU special representative on climate security.
His demand comes after parliament last week debated what role the EU's security and defence policy should play in climate-driven natural disasters.
Watson, who is chairman of a global parliamentary network called the Climate Parliament, warned of the "security implications" of climate change. "These climate impacts - whether they come with a bang or are a gradual drip-drip process - will have security implications. It could be water wars, drought-fuelled famines or flood refugees. We would be fools to not start thinking about the military implications now", the former ALDE group leader said,
Watson, a British Liberal MEP, said the commission should ensure that climate security is "mainstreamed" in all areas of EU common security and defence policy reports, spending and strategy.
He added, "that we need an EU special representative on climate security. I fear that without one very little would happen." His call for such as post was backed last week by parliament's foreign affairs committee.
Meanwhile, following the collapse on Friday of negotiations on the EU budget, environment groups CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe have called on countries to focus their efforts on agreeing a deal in the new year that has "quality" EU spending at the top of the agenda. Markus Trilling, EU Funds coordinator for CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe, said a 25 per cent 'green' EU budget for 2014-2020 would "unlock substantial" investment money for projects like energy savings and renewables that would cut greenhouse gas emissions, create millions of new green jobs and reduce fuel poverty.


Source: The Parliament