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Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Friday sent a joint letter to the heads of state and heads of government of European Union member states in which they stress that the EU's next long-term budget must help achieve the goal of climate neutrality. The three leaders emphasize that while the EU's next long-term budget for 2021-2027 must help member states reach the goal of climate neutrality, a reduction in the size of the budget calls this into question, spokespeople for the Estonian government told BNS.


They say that definitely the cohesion policy and common agricultural policy should not be cut, as under them the main investments for combating climate change are made. Karins, Ratas and Nauseda emphasize in the letter that in combating climate change one has to act resolutely and ambitiously, and affirm their commitment to shared responsibility. They also stress that very big investments in many fields will be needed for the transition to climate neutrality. That means a lot of change over the next decade in almost all fields, in particular energy, transport, industrial and housing sector, as well as agriculture, rural development, forestry, and accelerate the transition to a circular economy.