February 2017    
Spotlight on Central and Eastern Europe 

Dear reader,

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

   
Visegrad-group Blog — 26 February 2017
What to expect from the Visegrád Group on the EU’s “Clean Energy” package?
by Manon Dufour
Many EU observers will expect attempts to rein in European action on clean energy to come from the 'Visegrád Group' alliance of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. But in reality, the picture is more complex. New research by E3G shows that several drivers are opening political space for more ambition from these countries.

   
Polish parliament sejm Briefing Paper — 25 February 2017
Climate & Energy Snapshot: Poland
by Julian Schwartzkopff, Sabrina Schulz
Did you know that Poland is increasingly isolated in the Visegrád Group and that mainstream business voices in the country are beginning to speak out strongly against continued reliance on coal? In this briefing paper, E3G focuses on the political economy of Poland, from the national conditions that determine climate and energy policy preferences, to the dynamics in the political system and the country’s influence at the EU level.

   
Budapest parliament Briefing Paper — 25 February 2017
Climate & Energy Snapshot: Hungary
by Ada Ámon, Sabrina Schulz, Julian Schwartzkopff, Alexandra Goritz
Did you know that Hungary has the lowest energy intensity out of all the Visegrád countries, and is also by far the most vulnerable to climate impacts? In this briefing paper, E3G focuses on the political economy of Hungary, from the national conditions that determine climate and energy policy preferences, to the dynamics in the political system and the country’s influence at the EU level.

   
Czech parliament valdstejn palace garden Briefing Paper — 25 February 2017
Climate & Energy Snapshot: Czech Republic
by Julian Schwartzkopff, Sabrina Schulz, Alexandra Goritz
Did you know that the Czech Republic is increasingly looking for alliances beyond the Visegrád Group and that the country’s main energy utility is actively diversifying away from coal? In this briefing paper, E3G focuses on the political economy of the Czech Republic, from the national conditions that determine climate and energy policy preferences, to the dynamics in the political system and the country’s influence at the EU level.

   
Cee infogr cover 24 February 2017
The Visegrád countries in figures
To understand the political dynamics of the Visegrád Group, knowledge of key energy and climate indicators is essential. In 2016 E3G worked with local partner organisations to produce a set of infographics highlighting key differences and similarities across the Visegrád countries.

Featured Showcase

Central and Eastern Europe in Focus
Understanding the political dynamics of the low-carbon transition. Analysing the political economy of climate and energy. Catalysing efforts to secure a positive transition.
 
 
Featured document
 Visegrád Infographics Pack - EN
 Visegrád Infographics Pack - PL
 Visegrád Infographics Pack - HU
 Visegrád Infographics Pack - CZ
 Climate & Energy Snapshot: Poland - The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition
Briefing Paper — by Julian Schwartzkopff, Sabrina Schulz
 Climate & Energy Snapshot: Hungary - The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition
Briefing Paper — by Ada Ámon, Sabrina Schulz, Julian Schwartzkopff
 Climate & Energy Snapshot: Czech Republic - The Political Economy of the Low-Carbon Transition
Briefing Paper — by Julian Schwartzkopff, Sabrina Schulz