Brussels – Solidarity, sustainability and peace are the answers to today’s challenges, said Greenpeace as EU leaders meet in Brussels today to discuss the aftermath of the UK referendum.

Greenpeace EU deputy director Saskia Richartz said: “The values of peace, democracy, solidarity and sustainability are what bring people together. Millions across this continent are already striving to build fairer and sustainable communities. They harness the power of the sun and wind to produce clean energy, they grow and consume local food, and open their houses and wallets to those in need. At its best, the EU nurtures these efforts and secures the well-being and rights of its citizens.”

“The Europe of austerity, deregulation, corporate greed, and closed borders has failed people and planet. It has widened the gap between rich and poor, and eroded our ability to face up to the global challenges of climate change, ecosystem collapse, and war. Whatever the political path forward after the UK’s referendum, it’s time for EU leaders to think beyond the common market and build a better society that meets the needs of people and the environment.”

Note: Letter to EU leaders by environmental organisations, State of the European Union after Brexit – time for a new direction, 27 June 2016.

Contact: Greenpeace EU press desk – +32 (0)2 274 1911, pressdesk.eu@greenpeace.org

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