EU Budget Reform: Pathways to Greening the Future EU Cohesion Policy

6 Feb 2012 12:00
6 Feb 2012 14:00

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the Institute for European Environmental Policy, kindly invites you to attend the upcoming environmental policy forum on the 6th of February with:

  • Mr Axel Volkery, Head of Environmental Governance Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy (Chair)
  • Ms Agnes Kelemen, Policy Officer, DG Regional Policy, European Commission
  • Mr Markus Trilling, EU Funds Campaigner, CEE Bankwatch and Friends of the Earth Europe
  • Ms Keti Medarova-Bergstrom, Policy Analyst, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Commission proposals on the 2014-2020 EU budget unveiled in June 2011 establish that future EU spending should contribute to Europe’s transition towards green, low-carbon and climate resilient economy. With a proposed budget of €336 bn, EU Cohesion Policy presents the biggest financial stream aimed to support investment projects in European regions, hence providing important new opportunities for greener development pathways. Traditionally, however, EU Cohesion Policy has prioritised large-scale infrastructural and business developments which have had rather controversial impacts on the environment. With Commission proposals on the future Cohesion Policy presented at the end of 2011, this IES/IEEP Environmental Policy Forum aims to advance the debates on the greening of the proposed legislative package in the context of the unfolding political negotiations. It will specifically focus on opportunities, barriers and political challenges for establishing an ambitious policy framework for environment and climate change mainstreaming in the future EU Cohesion Policy.

Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to

The programme starts at 12:00 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentation at 12:30.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels