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EU climate policies could be slowed in future after rightward shift in election

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🗞️ Driving the news: The recent shift towards right-wing parties in the European Parliament election suggests it will be harder to pass new EU climate policies, although most existing green laws will likely remain unchanged

🔭 The context: Gains for right-wing parties skeptical of the EU's "Green Deal" and losses for Green parties will complicate approval of new climate measures
• The new European Commission and Parliament will play crucial roles in shaping future policies, especially with upcoming decisions on the 2040 climate target

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Slowing the passage of new climate policies could delay the EU's progress towards its 2050 net zero emissions goal, impacting global efforts to mitigate climate change

⏭️ What's next: The EU will focus more on security and industrial policies, with potential delays in new climate ambitions
• Existing climate laws will likely stay, but new proposals, particularly those affecting sectors like farming, may face significant challenges

💬 One quote: "I don't think that we'll be rolling back on (climate) policies. But I do think that it will be more complicated to get new policies off the ground." - Bas Eickhout, head of the European Parliament's Greens lawmaker group

📈 One stat: EU emissions are down by nearly a third from 1990 levels, showcasing the impact of current climate measures

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