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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Plans to optimise Green Job potential given green light by Euro MPs

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, has welcomed calls to develop a European job strategy for a new sustainable economy. The plans were set out in a report overwhelmingly approved by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs today.

The report, which was written by Elisabeth Schroedter, a German member of the Green group in European Parliament, importantly calls for the adoption of a definition in which all jobs that promote sustainable development are green jobs. It stresses that a sustainable economy is a combination of both social and ecological objectives and calls for the Commission to focus on people furthest away from the labour market, while putting a strong emphasis on training and life-long learning.

Furthermore, the report also recognises the need for the workforce to participate in the necessary changes and calls for “green workplace representatives” to assist that change.

Jean, who is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, said: “The support of my fellow MEPs for this report is an important step towards adapting our economy for a sustainable future.

“Of course, the change towards a sustainable economy is not only an ecological necessity, but should also be part of our strategy for a social Europe. This change should open opportunities for all, not just highly qualified employees, whether inside or outside the labour market and regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality.

“This means addressing people’s education and training to equip them with the skills needed to adapt to a sustainable economy. Furthermore, to protect the integrity of these relatively new practices and sectors it is essential that we create a framework to ensure good working conditions for green jobs.

“This is not a transition we can opt out of – it is imperative that we act before it’s too late. Initiatives such as those set out in this report must be urgently adopted if future generations are to have any quality of life.”

Notes to Editors

To read the report in full visit:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/empl/pr/812/812974/812974en.pdf