On Monday 9 December, FEANTSA and the Fondation Abbé Pierre presented their joint energy poverty report “What are the foundations for a green and social pact for Europe?” at the European Parliament in Brussels.
EAPN, a partner of the ASSIST project moderated the event. The conference discussed with Members of the European Parliament, Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL) and Mounir Satouri (Greens/EFA) the issues related to energy poverty in regards to the Green Deal, one of the European Commission’s priorities for 2019 – 2024. “Can the ‘Green Deal’ manage to support the poorest households and to respond to the challenge of energy poverty, even though there is no common definition of energy poverty in Europe?” asked Clotilde Clark-Foulquier, from FEANTSA.
Today, 1 out of 10 Europeans can not warm their houses in winter. It is therefore important to make sure nobody is left behind. How can the Green Deal be social ? According to the report, the Green Deal needs to ensure access to affordable, clean energy, which is a basic human right, allow decent, energy efficient and affordable housing for all. “We need a prohibition of disconnection. It must be forbidden to disconnect people from electricity and heat supply”, emphasised MEP Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL).
To read the report which gives an overview of the European Framework and national tools for combating energy poverty, click here