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Central and Eastern Europe in Focus

Understanding the political dynamics of the low-carbon transition

Often treated as a monolithic bloc, policy makers in both Brussels and national capitals tend to overlook the political dynamics among the EU’s Central and Eastern European (CEE) member states. E3G digs deeper and studies their particular social and economic interests, their political systems and their role in EU policymaking. Gaining a better understanding of the complex and multi-faceted relations among CEE countries as well as between CEE and the EU is crucial to realising windows of opportunity for low-carbon ambition.

Yet, Western Europe and CEE often understand each other only poorly. Closing this gap can increase the EU’s legitimacy in CEE countries and clear up widespread misconceptions regarding its complex policy processes. Together with our local partners CEE Bankwatch, Glopolis, CDE, Energiaklub, Polish Ecological Club, Zeleni Kruh and Friends of the Earth in Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria, E3G is working to improve mutual understanding and information flow between Western Europe and CEE. 


This project has received funding from the European Commission through a LIFE grant. The content of this section reflects only the authors' views. The Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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