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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. We gave it a scrutiny early on in the process, both of the transformative proposals and of financing proposals.

The European Green Deal Watch pursuits a triple purpose:

 Assessing progress of the European Green Deal “on the ground”, i.e. by scrutinizing transition policies and policy debates in four member countries (France, Germany, Italy and Poland – this limitation is motivated by practical reasons only, but they do reflect four very contrasting situations across Europe). Are these countries on the path towards EU Green Deal objectives, and to what extent is the Green Deal-agenda influencing national policies and the policy debate about the green transition? What kind of specific EU support or what kind of EU policy-mix could help each country to overcome the blocking points and accelerate the change? What are the plausible scenarios for the next years to come, in terms of public and political support for the Green Deal agenda?

 Upon that basis, giving a renewed scrutiny of the European Green Deal itself, assessing the first phase and give recommendations for the next Commission, at the EU Grean Deal is likely to be upheld and continued in the years to come. In particular, we’ll look into ways to “mainstream” the Green Deal-agenda into the whole EU economic governance and EU regulations.

 During the process, form a cross-European network of civil society actors and experts strongly committed to the sustainability agenda and interested in the European Green Deal as the political window of opportunity, willing to pursuit this issue in the long term.

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

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