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Making the European Green Deal Work

Making the European Green Deal Work

The European Green Deal was launched in December 2019, by a newly appointed von der Layen Commission with a high level of ambitions in the field of climate change and the energy transition. It still stands out as the single most ambitious political initiative in Europe in the field of climate action and sustainability.

The Veblen Institute gave it a scrutiny early on in the process, both of the transformative proposals and of financing proposals. And though we showed a range of weaknesses and points to be amended, we believe today as we believed then that we must seize upon this initiative as an opportunity to strengthen the political support for the ecological transition, mobilise the European civil society and work to raise the level of ambition.

About the European Green Deal Watch

Launched in December 2021, the European Green Deal Watch convenes a group of experts and civil society actors who combine an interest in the European Green Deal-related policies with a strong commitment to sustainability objectives and the ecological transition. Participants come from four European countries (Germany, France, Poland and Italy). Download the Concept Paper.

The convenors are the Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms and Heinrich Böll Foundation Paris office.

The project has a double purpose :

- taking stock of the European Green Deal “on the ground”, by scrutinizing current transition patterns and policies in four member countries (France, Germany, Italy and Poland). Are these countries on the path towards Green Deal objectives, and to what extent is the Green Deal-agenda influencing national policies and the policy debate about the green transition ? What are strengths and weaknesses of respective country, and how is the energy transition influenced by the current energy crisis and the Ukrainian war ? What kind of specific EU support or what kind of EU policy-mix could help each country to overcome the blocking points ?

- giving a renewed scrutiny of the European Green Deal policy agenda itself, building on our previous work and focusing on how to mainstream the Green Deal-agenda into the whole EU economic governance and EU regulations.

The results will be presented in a final report to be published by Spring 2023. The report will formulate recommendations on two levels :

- Country-specific recommendations for the four countries involved

- EU-level recommendations, focusing on strengthening the transition and making EU policy and regulation framework more consistent with the Green Deal agenda.

The report and the recommendations will be put up for discussion among EU-policy community, but also national experts and civil society actors.

For more information, contact Wojtek Kalinowski at the Veblen Institute.

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