In a wake-up call ahead of the COP25 climate conference that will be held in Madrid from 2 to 13 December, the EU Parliament approved, during Strasbourg’s plenary session on Thursday, a resolution declaring climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally.

The resolution was adopted with 429 votes for, 225 votes against and 19 abstentions, after much pressure was put by European stakeholders and scientists across the world. The Parliament also voted for a resolution that calls the EU to submit its strategy for 2050 climate neutrality, as soon as possible.

MEPs also urged the EC to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C and that its President, Ursula von der Leyen includes a 55% reduction target of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in the European Green Deal.

The EU Commission has already proposed the net-zero emissions by 2050 target, but the European Council has still not endorsed it, as Poland, Hungary and Czechia are opposed.

“The European Parliament has just adopted an ambitious position in view of the upcoming COP25 in Madrid..[..]. It also sends a clear and timely message to the Commission a few weeks before the publication of the Communication on the Green Deal”, said Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, during Monday’s debate.

The COP25 conference, that was moved from Chile to Spain at short notice due to civil unrest, is Europe’s chance to demonstrate leadership talks backed-up by transformative action in the fight against climate change, especially on the just transition to fossil-free energy.