Newsletter 02/2016

Dear Friends

The European Commission, the Council and the Parliament have all repeatedly called for regional cooperation in the context of the 2030 framework on climate and energy and the Energy Union. Together with experts of regional representations of the German Länder, the Heinrich–Böll-Stiftung EU Office wants to highlight best practices of frontrunner regions as well as the increasing number of co-operations beyond national borders. In a series of events we want to demonstrate how regions at EU and global scale manage to decouple economic growth and job creation from environmental consumption in practice.

In 2015, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU Office commissioned a study on this issue with a particular focus on the 2030 climate and energy framework. This study is titled "Driving Regional Cooperation Forward in the 2030 Renewable Energy Framework”. The report highlights the importance of regional cooperation and presents a variety of options for strengthening regional cooperation in order to bridge the gap between national policies and a purely Europeanised approach.

At the same time experts in the representations of the German Länder came up with the idea to better highlight the challenges and successes of low-carbon strategies from a regional perspective. So a joint series of events is coming into being.

The first event of the "Regions for Green Economy” series took place on 3rd March on the issue of "Nuclear risks across borders. Doel and Tihange seen from a neighbour's perspective”, shed light at the current situation in Belgium after the repeated shutdown of nuclear power plants and provided ample room for discussions on the Belgian nuclear policy from the perspective of its Dutch and German neighbours who are equally concerned.

In the context of the Post-Paris climate debates, the next activities will focus on the role of subnational cooperation in scaling up climate ambition and renewable energy targets at EU and international level. The events will showcase successful regional models and cities climate action partnerships, and explore innovative solutions to common regulatory, infrastructural, finance and technological challenges that cities and regions are facing. You will find all announcements of these events on our website. We also prepared a special dossier with more background material.

Kind regards

Klaus Linsenmeier

Newest dossiers

Regions for Green Economy

 Mar 02, 2016

The European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament have all repeatedly called for regional cooperation in the context of the 2030 framework on climate and energy and the Energy Union.

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Rebuilding the Neighbourhood

 Mar 08, 2016

The eastern and southern neighbourhood of the European Union are in turmoil. The conflicts at the EU’s eastern and southern borders no longer stop there. How can an unstable EU contribute to the stabilisation and the rebuilding of its neighbourhood? How do people in the neighbourhood see the European Union and the state it is in?

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Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe

 Feb 09, 2016

Our capacity building workshop ‘How to Counter Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe’ gave its participants the possibility to compare the right-wing movements in their respective countries of origin and to jointly develop policies to combat this disquieting trend.

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Newest Articles

The Paris agreement: what does it mean for the EU’s domestic energy policy and external climate strategies?

 Jan 26, 2016 by Dr Radostina Primova Kathrin Glastra

Paris has been declared by many as a historic moment and breakthrough in international climate negotiations. By putting an end to the Kyoto governance and signalling the decline of the fossil fuel area, this new agreement is a huge step forward in the history of international climate diplomacy.

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Geopolitics with European Characteristics

 Mar 15, 2016 by Prof.Dr Sven Biscop

Europe is neither poor nor weak. The EU and the Member States have the means to ensure their citizens’ security, freedom and prosperity, if only they muster the will and the unity to do so.

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Rebuilding the Neighbourhood: Introduction

 Mar 08, 2016 by Ilana Bet-El

Europe is unique amongst continents in that it has an outlying neighbourhood – indeed that it has divergent neighbourhoods in close proximity.

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Doing Something Bad for Europe? The UK’s Referendum Deal

 Feb 09, 2016 by Alex Brianson

The famous wit Mary McCarthy once remarked, ‘If someone tells you he is going to make a “realistic decision”, you immediately understand he has resolved to do something bad.’

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It’s time for the EU to get serious about Poland

 Feb 01, 2016 by James Bartholomeusz

It was once quipped to me that you can tell a lot about the state of a country by the effusiveness of its name ─ compare the ‘Federal Republic of Germany’ with the dictatorial ‘German Democratic Republic’, or the ‘Republic of Korea’ with the autocratic, dynastical ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’.

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Newest Publications

The Refugee Crisis and its Impact on the European Union – More Disunity, Ultimate Failure or Pragmatic Emergency Solution?

 Mar 24, 2016 Event Report PDF

More than 1 million asylum seekers arrived in Europe last year. The situation overwhelmed national governments and EU Institutions alike and further disrupted the relations between Member States.

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Nuclear Risks across Borders: Doel and Tihange Seen from a Neighbour’s Perspective

 Mar 24, 2016 Event Report PDF

The Belgian nuclear power plants Doel and Tihange are well known beyond Belgian borders. In particular Doel 3 and Tihange 2, the two reactors that started operation in the early 80s, have reached a dubious distinction across Europe.

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VIII Conference on Feminicide / Femicide: Two years of EU-CELAC Bi-Regional Dialogue on Gender Issues: What are the Improvements?

 Mar 15, 2016 Event Report PDF-English Event Report PDF-Spanish

Feminicide and Violence against women in Latin America and the European Union: The 8th Conference on Feminicide "The Duty of Due Diligence to Eradicate Feminicide" examined what has been done in the framework of the EU-CELAC since the adoption of 2013-2015 Action Plan on gender.

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‘Creating a Union that Connects’ ─ but How? The Dutch EU Council Presidency and the Harsh Realities of a Crumbling Union

 Mar 11, 2016 Event Report PDF

On 1 January 2016 the Netherlands embarked on what will probably turn out to be the rockiest of its twelve EU Council Presidencies.

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Environmental Justice in Turkey: Megaprojects in the Framework of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Turkey and the EU

 Feb 11, 2016 Event Report PDF

A delegation of Turkish legal experts, parliamentarians, academics and environmental activists visited Brussels between 26th and 29th  January 2016 to to assess the impact of the EU environmental acquis in the context of the EU-Turkey accession negotiations.

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Newest blogs

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The European Union is drifting apart. What can we do to reconnect citizens and EU Institutions, north and south, centre and periphery? Four bloggers from Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and the UK share their ideas.

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Young people from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom share their ideas about the current state of Europe and the rise of right-wing populism and extremism.

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