International Workshop and special issue on Climate and Energy Governance and the Future of Europe

The Jean Monnet network ‘Governing the EU’s Climate and Energy Transition in Turbulent Times’ (GOVTRAN), to which the IES-VUB serves as leading coordinator, held its second international workshop under the overarching theme ‘Climate and Energy Governance and the Future of Europe’ at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome on 30 September – 1 October 2019. Seventeen researchers from across Europe presented twelve draft papers examining how various aspects of EU climate and energy policy interact with some of the underlying causes of the current crisis of European integration. Topics included, inter alia, the impact of rising populism, the role of Central and Eastern European Member States, the effectiveness of EU policies to promote renewable energy, the role of the European Parliament and of the Commission, and changes in EU international climate and energy governance. 

Luca de Carli, Head of Unit ‘Legal Affairs, Inter-Institutional Relations and Communications’ at the European Commission’s DG CLIMA gave a keynote speech on the future of EU climate and energy governance. Discussants Frederica Fricano, Director of the European and International Affairs division of the Italian Ministry of Environment, and GOVTRAN’s Andy Jordan reacted to the keynote and introduced a lively debate. 

Once finalized, a selection of the papers presented and discussed at the workshop will be published as a GOVTRAN edited a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.