Harmonising European long-term climate strategies through fostering dialogue and analysis.
The European Union’s goal to achieve climate neutrality within the next 30 years is a great societal, economic, and political undertaking, with many challenges and opportunities. The project addresses two processes that are central to it. First, the debate on the future of the EU and, second, the development and implementation of national long-term climate strategies. The project tackles the crucial issue of harmonising countries’ long-term climate action across the EU, building on the achievements of the EUKI-funded Climate Recon 2050 project.
Representatives from governmental institutions from across 12 EU Member States and EU institutions discuss challenges and good practices of developing long-term national climate and energy strategies. The Policymaker Platform (PMP) was organised by Climate Recon 2050. Photo: (c) Ecologic Institute
The project consists of two main pillars, “The Future of Europe” and “Climate Recon 2050”. In both pillars, the project combines analysis with dialogue to inform political debate. South and Central Eastern Europe are the project’s main target regions.
“Future of Europe” establishes a network of leading think tanks from eight Member States (MS) to monitor domestic debates on the future of Europe and its link to climate policies. It translates EU discussions to the national context, contributes regularly to domestic debates on the EU, and provides expertise on climate policy and EU affairs to citizens.
“Climate Recon 2050” supports a growing community of political and technical experts inside government institutions. It provides them with different opportunities for capacity building, exchange, and knowledge generation. Among them are dialogue workshops for government experts, the analysis of regional climate strategies, and seminars enabling cooperation between EU member states and relevant stakeholders in the target regions.
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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.