The Visegrád 4 (V4) Governments – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – are facing a number of challenges in implementing the EU’s 2030 climate and energy policy framework. The EU’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement make it more urgent than ever for the V4 governments to develop trust in the feasibility of the low-carbon transition, to build expertise, and to reach out to various stakeholders in order to design and implement innovative policies to deliver a successful low-carbon economy.
Despite significant differences amongst the V4 when it comes to their economic basis (indigenous energy resources and potential for renewable energy, geographical location, pipeline routes, energy intensity, etc.) there are similarities in terms of industrial development and policy-making and their respective impact on climate policy. At the same time, regional synergies for low-carbon development are under-exploited.
The V4 group also has a strong influence on other eastern EU member states, especially Romania and Bulgaria, which impacts on EU voting behaviour. With this wider regional responsibility in mind, this project is supposed to assist stakeholders from the V4 in the formulation of forward-looking climate policies by highlighting the benefits of low-carbon development.
With this project, E3G contributes to facilitating these processes by addressing the following questions:
- Why do the V4 governments tend to be protective of the “old” energy industry? Which role do economic and socio-political structures play?
- What are feasible strategies for integrating climate issues into the energy policy agenda and other public policies?
- What are the likely opportunities and implications of a long-term low-carbon development plan?
Key stakeholders need to be supported when developing proposals on how to base national climate and energy policies on the multiple benefits and opportunities of a low-carbon, “green” economy. In order to improve knowledge transfer and mutual exchange we are organising a series of multi-stakeholder workshops (including government, public administration, business, academia and NGOs) to discuss these issues.
On the basis of these exchanges with experts and influencers in each V4 country, E3G will generate and disseminate possible solutions jointly with trusted project partners, such as national NGOs and research institutions.
Polish Ecological Club, Poland
Glopolis, Czech Republic
Centre for Transport and Energy, Czech Republic
Green Circle, Czech Republic
This project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.