What EU budget to dial up climate ambition in Central Eastern Europe?

Thursday, 8 Mar 2018 09:30


2018 will be a critical year in terms of shaping the future of the European Union, and of its ability to transition to a low-carbon economy. European leaders will debate the future of the EU, the future of climate and energy policies, new clean energy targets to 2030 will be agreed, negotiations will start on a post-2020 European budget after the European Commission issues its proposal in May 2018.

The EU budget is an important instrument to foster public investment and to mobilise private capital, especially in countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). With this event, we would like to explore the role of the European budget in supporting the low-carbon transition in CEE, and its potential for unlocking new climate and clean energy ambition.

Experts, researchers and independent thinkers will be pulling together their findings and experiences on how the MFF post-2020 combined with well targeted climate measures can ensure a fair modernisation of these economies.




  • 9:30 Opening remarks
    • Benedek Javor (MEP)
    • Isabelle Thomas (MEP)
    • Jonathan Gaventa (Director, E3G)

9:45 Panel discussion - Climate dynamics in the V4

  • Introductory presentation and moderation by Sabrina Schulz (E3G – head of Berlin office)
    • Gergana Miladinova Teamleader - Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth, DG REGIO
    • Istvan Bart, co-chair - Energiaklub
    • Marion Santini - Coalition for Energy Saving
  • Followed by a Q&A and discussion

Coffee break
11:30 Panel discussion – MFF for Climate

  • Introductory presentation and moderation by Jonathan Gaventa (E3G, director)
    • Benedek Javor (MEP)
    • Grzegorz Radziejewski - Cabinet of Mr. Jyrki Katainen
    • Margit Schratzenstaller Altzinger, WIFO - Austrian Institute of Economic Research
    • Hana Slavickova – Ministry of Finance Czech Republic
    • European Renewable Energies Federation
  • Followed by a Q&A and discussion
  • Closing remarks from the host

Input will be provided throughout the discussion from Central Eastern European experts:

  • Klara Sutlovicova – Glopolis, Prague, Czech Republic (climate, ETS)
  • Izabela Zygmunt – Polish Green Network, Warsaw, Poland (MFF, IFIs)
  • Istvan Bart – Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute & Applied Communications, Budapest, Hungary (energy efficiency, ETS)
  • Veronika Galekova – Slovak Photovoltaic Association, SAPI
  • Todor Galev – Centre for the Study of Democracy, Sofia, Bulgaria (Bulgarian presidency, Russian influence)

The Greens/European Free Alliance