the Elections to the EUROPEAN parliament the 26 of may is an important choice for the environment. The global emissions of greenhouse gases must be halved in just ten years to avoid the catastrophic consequences of a global warming of over 1.5 degrees.
at the same time, continues on to a devastating mass extinction of species. Our ability to handle these challenges is crucial for the whole human civilisation in the conditions of a good and safe life. Decisions within the EU are greatly affected by all of this. The EU decides about everything from rules for emissions from cars and to the protection of valuable nature and use of dangerous chemicals.
Some of the most important regulatory decision-making has been about the energy and emissions of greenhouse gases. Step in the right direction have been taken in agriculture, for example through a ban on all outdoor use of three neonicotinoids, a group of substances that are very harmful to bees and other insects. It has also taken important decisions in the fishery and chemicals. At the same time, the EU has done is far from enough, and opposition from some political parties, and lobbyists toward a progressive policy on the environment has been great.
Liberals argue often, for membership in the EU should be used for a better environment. Therefore, it is surprising that the party will not be pushed environmental issues more actively in the EU parliament.
today, Swedish society for nature conservation report ”making blowtorches and brake pads – a Review of the Swedish EU-parliamentarians ' environmental 2014-2019” . The examination reveals major differences between the various EUROPEAN parliamentarians ' commitment and ambition during the previous term of office. A handful of parliamentarians have distinguished themselves as a force miljöröster, while the other formed a hand brake for environmental policy.
In this report we present a survey of how the Swedish EU-parliamentarians have voted in 32 of the most central miljöomröstningarna during the term of office spanning over a range of important environmental issues. We have also gone through the thousands of posts, amendments, reports and opinions from the Swedish members of the riksdag.
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the Result shows that four out of Sweden's twenty mep has distinguished itself in particular, and may therefore excellent environment rating on the of the Swedish society for nature conservation. These politicians represent the green Party, the social democrats and the Left party. They have put a good miljöröst in at least 75% of the audited votes, and also in other ways been very active in environmental policy in the parliamentary work.
it has negotiated ambitious legislation within the EU fisheries policy and is the Swedish member of the EUROPEAN parliament, which most times resulted in the drafting of new environmental legislation.
and, despite the fact that he only served half of his term of office, managed to be the driving force for, among other things, a better tågbokningssystem within Europe, the strengthening of research into climate change and a climate change act at the EU level.
among other things, has been the socialist party's chief negotiator on the EU's emissions trading scheme, which resulted in the price of an allowance has been increased from 50 sek to 200 sek.
and, despite the fact that she is not sitting in an environmental committee, lifting environmental issues 80 times in plenary.a Great environment rating on the
a Great environment rating on the EU-meps from the Feminist initiative, the Centre party and of other representatives of the green Party and the social democrats. The politicians from the MP, S and Fi have voted good for the environment in at least 75 per cent of the votes, but not excellent as in particular a driving force in environmental issues. For example, Soraya Post (Fi) voted entirely appropriate for the environment in all audited votes, but has not been environmental active in general.
a Great environment rating on the can also parliamentarians if they voted good for the environment in at least 50% of the votes and at the same time demonstrated a strong environmental commitment.
Fredrick Federley (C) has just voted good in just over half of the audited votes, but was the driving force for renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements and a more ambitious climate policy.Okay environment rating on the
meps from the Liberals, get an okay miljöbetyget. the Cecilia Wikström (L) and Jasenko Selimovic (L) have voted good for the environment in more than half of the votes, but in general shown a very limited commitment to environmental policy. In the area of climate change has been a good miljöröst in 4 of the 14 audited votes. The liberals argue often, for membership in the EU should be used for a better environment. Therefore, it is surprising that the party will not be pushed environmental issues more actively in the EU parliament.Bad environment rating on the
All the members from the Conservatives, the Christian democrats and The sweden democrats gets a bad environment rating on the of the Swedish society for nature conservation.
the Conservatives three EU parliamentarians, Gunnar Hökmark (M) , Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (M) and Christofer Fjellner (M) have voted good for the environment in only a quarter of the examined votes. For example, have voted against the binding target at national and EU level. Similarly, they have voted against the national binding targets for renewable energy and reduced energy consumption.
the Christian democratic party was represented during the greater part of the term of Lars Adaktusson (KD) . He has not shown any active commitment to the environment during the term, and have voted good for the environment in only a little over one-fifth of the audited votes. It gives him a shared last place, together with The sweden democrats.
The sweden democrats came in in the EU-parliament 2014. Their representatives Peter Lundgren (SD ) and Kristina Winberg (SD) ports, with only a fifth good miljöröster, in the bottom of our review. The party has not pushed environmental issues at all. On the contrary, The sweden democrats is the only Swedish party that did not vote yes to a proposal to set a goal for reduced food waste.
the EU needs to shift up a substantial order to get an environmental policy that responds to the enormous challenges that our societies in Europe are facing. What the EU is doing in the next five years will determine our future. Our review shows that it is possible to do much for the environment as an individual member of the EU parliament.
It is time that the elected representatives from all political parties show that they intend to manage the great responsibility incumbent on them – to pursue a policy that ensures a safe life for all on a healthy planet.