The Greens political group in the European Parliament hailed Finland’s EU Council presidency and stated their expectations when it comes to EU decision-making.

“It is essential that Finland not only leads by example but also demands ambitious climate decisions from the Council during its presidency. We have noted with interest the commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 in the EU but it is clearly not enough without front-loading the ambition with concrete actions,” the letter reads.

The Greens also called for easing the decision-making process by selectively moving to a qualified majority decision in the Council and pointing out the requirement of unanimity as an obstacle preventing the EU from making important decisions such as criticising severe human rights violations by China and eradicating tax avoidance.