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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.

This project has received funding from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through an EUKI grant. The content of this section reflects only the authors' views. The German Government is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

An EU budget for climate action: accelerating the low-carbon transition in Central Eastern Europe

This paper aims to inform the negotiations between Member States, the European Parliament and the Commission on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The specific focus of our analysis and recommendations is on how the MFF can foster climate action and accelerate the low-carbon transition in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). ...