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DEBATE: A carbon tax at the EU's borders. Can climate policy be competitive? Wednesday 5 May, 7.30-8pm

DEBATE: A carbon tax at the EU's borders. Can climate policy be competitive? Wednesday 5 May, 7.30-8pm

Calendar from 05/05/2021 to 05/05/2021

Dear friends of the European Parliamentary Association,

We are pleased to invite you to a videoconference entitled "A carbon tax at the EU's borders: can climate policy be competitive?, which will take place on Wednesday 5 May, from 7.30pm to 8pm, on Zoom.

To participate, just click on the link below on the day of the event:

Last March, the European Parliament voted in favour of a carbon adjustment mechanism at Europe's borders. As the EU's climate law imposes much stricter environmental commitments than those of the US, China and other major emitters, the proposal for a carbon tax on imported products is becoming an increasingly important element in European trade and climate policy. The proposal promises to safeguard the competitiveness of European industry, while encouraging other countries around the world to follow Europe's ambitious green transition strategy. However, its implementation raises several issues.

What is the border carbon adjustment mechanism? What role does it play in the European Green Pact? What consequences would this mechanism have on the EU's industrial and trade policy? Is it the right instrument to protect European companies from competition from industries in third countries where the price of carbon is lower? How can it be avoided being perceived as a protectionist measure?

We will discuss this with :

- Fabienne Keller, MEP for the Renew Europe group and former mayor of Strasbourg. She has long been involved in the issue: already in 2009, as a senator, she published a report on the economic and environmental issues of a possible carbon tax.

- Margarida Marques, Member of the European Parliament for the Socialists and Democrats group and former Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs. She is vice-chair of the Committee on Budgets, member of the Committee on International Trade and substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

This debate will take place within the framework of the "Portugal Days", an initiative of the European Parliamentary Association to highlight the commitment of the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of the City of Strasbourg, the European Collectivity of Alsace and the Grand Est Region.

We hope to see you at this meeting.


Best regards,


Directeur Opérationnel

Association Parlementaire Européenne

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