Public debate: Co-benefits of accelerated climate action

The outcome of the upcoming European Parliament election will have a major impact on the future of climate action in Europe. However, the election will take place at the national level, so it is important to develop specific national and regional narratives and arguments that address the concerns of voters in CEE, in particular the costs and benefits related to climate action.

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Project Event

16 November 2023

After the presentation of the CAN Europe Report on co-benefits of the climate action the event – Thursday, 16 November 2023, 11:30 – 13:00 CET – will provide a space for the discussion with key policy makers and experts on the results. A roundtable discussion will highlight the political aspects of the debate and we discuss together how to address the main obstacles to action and the possible gains from accelerated energy transition, especially in the CEE region:

  • What are the potential co-benefits of climate action and how can we best harness them in the world of competing interests and narratives?
  • How to counterbalance the narrative of climate action being “too costly” and CEE countries not being able to afford rapid energy transition? How to address concerns raising around costs of living and esp. energy crisis?
  • How to use the European Parliament election as a communication moment nationally in CEE to show that enhancing climate action is also benefiting the societies and citizens socially and economically? What could be concrete social justice demands that would deliver on climate, too?
  • How to build alliances that would enable to create comprehensive responses in this context?



The event by EUKI project Green Deal CEE will be both online and on site.

For online participation, please click here to register.

To join on site, please note this address: Mundo Matonge (Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels)



Olivier Vardakoulias, CAN Europe:

Setting the scene – the launch presentation of CAN Europe’s new report on the co-benefits of ambitious climate action

  • Martin Hojsik, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe, Slovakia
  • Gabriela Měsícová, Public Affairs Project Manager, Change for the Better, Czechia
  • Denis Haveaux, Senior Director and EU Representative, Habitat for Humanity International
  • Zofia Wetmańska, Co-founder Reform Institute, Taxonomy Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative, Poland

Facilitation: Sylwia Andralojc-Bodych, Germanwatch


For more information, read the official invitation here.

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