On the sidelines of the EuroMed9 summit in Athens, and on the occasion of the Declaration adopted by the leaders of the countries, the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, gave an exclusive interview to APE-MPE reporters.
The main message of her speech is that 9 Mediterranean countries are able to become leaders in the fight against climate change. However, she emphasizes:
Time is running out. There is an urgent need to start fighting climate change.
Ms Von der Leyen commented positively on the initiative of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to convene a summit “at the right time”, noting that “no country can independently respond to climate change, we need the whole EU.” She recalled the signing by all countries of the Paris Agreement to reduce global warming by 1.5 ° C. And if the United States has taken certain steps to achieve the goal, then China needs to take short-term measures to ensure this.
Von der Leyen describes the Greek prime minister as “active and ambitious” in the fight against climate change. She welcomes the civil protection reforms that are aimed at tackling climate disasters, and notes that about 40% of the funds from the Recovery Fund (NextGeneration EU) are planned to go to green projects:
“This demonstrates the clear commitment of the Greek Prime Minister and his government to the fight against climate change.”
Regarding the pandemic, the President of the European Commission warns:
“We didn’t even manage to escape, and therefore we must remain vigilant.”
Because of the Delta mutation, she urges those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so, assuring that there is a sufficient supply of vaccines for all EU countries and their citizens.
Please note that today, Saturday 18 September, STASY announced the cancellation of the metro to and from the airport between 15:45 and 16:15, due to the EuroMed-9 summit. The X95 and X97 buses will operate as usual.