Reforming the EU: Climate Policies as the New Trade Mark of the EU
Benjamin Görlach, Ecologic Institute
The project aims to make energy and climate policies a central issue of the EU reform debate. To pursue the project’s objective, the project will convene opinion leaders of EU reform and climate policies through workshops in Tallinn, Sofia and Bucharest.
The project aims to make energy and climate policies a central issue of the EU reform debate. To pursue the project’s objective, the project will convene opinion leaders of EU reform and climate policies through workshops in Tallinn, Sofia and Bucharest. Bringing together knowledge and expertise from high-level stakeholders across Member States will inform the policy analysis and recommendations on (future) reform proposals.
The first workshop took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on December 4, 2017, with participants from parliament, embassies, ministries, NGOs and industry associations. The roundtable style allowed for in-depth discussions. A discussion paper framed the workshop. The next workshops will take place in in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bucharest, Romania.
A background paper will explore the interlinkages between EU reform and climate and energy policies including latest developments in the EU reform process. A final workshop in Berlin in February 2019 will conclude the project.
Workshop in Tallinn, December 2017, Photo: Benjamin Görlach, Ecologic Institute
A strong EU is an essential element of successful climate and energy policies – not only as an advocate of international climate protection, but also as an important driver for ambitious policies in Europe. Climate and energy policies – policy fields that require close cooperation between Member States – can help support EU reform. For these reasons, the discussions on the future of the EU have important implications for EU energy and climate policies, and vice versa.
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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.