The Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis on the European Green Deal – A Focus on Romania and Southeast Europe

The Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis on the European Green Deal – A Focus on Romania and Southeast Europe

The restrictions that followed the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide have left a mark on the energy sector and the transition to decarbonisation. This raises the question of how these changes have and will continue to affect the European Green Deal. Efforts are being made to ensure that the economic recovery measures adopted at EU and national levels are in line with the long-term climate efforts. Here, particular attention should be given to the Southeast European member states that are both more vulnerable to such economic shocks and face distinct challenges in the energy transition.

This report by EPG Energy Policy Group is part of the South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue project and looks at the impacts that the COVID-19 crisis has had on the European Green Deal. It analyzes the consequences of the restrictions in the energy, transport and buildings sectors in Romania more closely and follows with a general roadmap for decision-makers in Southeastern Europe. The report includes policy recommendations and short-term measures to support a social and economic recovery as well as an effort to uphold the European Green Deal in times of crisis.

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South East Europe Energy Transition Dialogue