EU funds should never harm nature, climate or the environment Statement of the Green 10 on the ‘do no significant harm’ principle
Advocacy letter | 18 November 2021
This statement, written together with the Green 10 and EuroNatur, outlines our main concerns about the application of the ‘do no significant harm’ principle to EU public funds. The EU intends to expand the application of this principle to a variety of EU funded programs. However, our experience has shown that, in its current form, it has not been effective to prevent EU funds from harming the environment. The statement also includes a series of recommendations, and calls on the European Commission to strengthen this mechanism for future use. The statement was accompanied by a joint letter to Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Sinkevičius, requesting a meeting to discuss our concerns. This publication has been financed by EuroNatur and the MAVA Foundation.