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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP welcomes Euro-Parliament’s strong support for a green jobs strategy

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, has today welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of a report calling for the development a European job strategy for a new sustainable economy. Jean said the vote sent a “strong signal to Member States and the Commission that we must act now to adapt our economy for a sustainable future”.

The report, which was written by German Green Elisabeth Schroedter, 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 overwhelming support of the European Parliament for this report sends a strong signal to Member States and the Commission that we must act now to adapt 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.

“This means addressing people’s education and training to equip them with the skills needed to adapt to a sustainable economy. We also need to create a framework to ensure good working conditions for green jobs.

“We can’t opt out of this transition – it is imperative that we act before it’s too late. The European Parliament has made its position clear; now the Commission must adopt the initiatives proposed in the report to ensure future generations have a decent quality of life.”

Notes to Editors

To read the report in full visit:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2010-0234&language=EN&mode=XML