Climate Law and the European Green Deal Delivery

The choice facing the EU on the European Climate Change Council

European Parlament building and flags of all member states aligned in Strasbourg
Flags of the European Union and other EU countries aligned in front of the European Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg, France. Image from AdobeStock.

EU institutions are currently negotiating a European Climate Law, intended as the central legislative vehicle to drive delivery of the European Green Deal (EGD). 

No-one is pretending that EGD delivery will be easy. Life will change for everyone – what they eat, how they travel, and the work they do. Managing these changes in the required timescales and in ways that improve the lives of citizens will be a massive challenge.  

Over the past decade, several member states have moved ahead of the EU and adopted their own Climate Laws. The concept of an independent expert advisory body has emerged as a key element of these national climate laws. The EU must now decide if such a body should be established at EU-level as part of the EU Climate Law. 

This paper outlines how the ECCC could contribute to addressing issues based on experiences
at national level, using the following sections to identify the needs and challenges on the journey to 2050:

  1. Maintain high internal and international credibility for climate action
  2. Strengthen the accountability of EU policymaking by monitoring progress
  3. Ensure a coherent approach to support an effective single market

Read the briefing in full here.


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