The EU’s Energy Council is meeting today and the Environment Council tomorrow. The decisions taken there, and at similar summits over the coming months, will shape the direction of EU energy and climate policy for the next decade and beyond. In this newsletter, E3G shines a spotlight on the role of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in this process, as we publish today a series of briefing papers exploring the political economy of the low-carbon transition in Visegrád countries.
Over the past year E3G has been working extensively with local CEE partners to analyse conditions in the region and identify opportunities to promote more progressive climate and energy policies. The conditions in the countries vary widely, but in general CEE countries are missing out on the full co-benefits of low-carbon development, such as job creation, fuel savings and better air quality. By building a deeper understanding of the dynamics and multi-faceted political economy of CEE, together with its corporate landscape, political idiosyncrasies and the role of civil society, we hope to offer fresh insights that can secure positive progress from the Energy Union process.
Thanks for reading,
Sabrina Schulz, Head of E3G Berlin Office