The EU 2020 Strategy: Lessons for Regional Cooperation and EU Governance

About the Project

Two ongoing political processes are set to shape the future of EU energy and climate policy. On the one hand, following up on the 2020 Strategy, the European Commission and the Member States seek to move beyond 2020 and design a 2030 Climate and Energy Framework that will address climate change and energy transformation in a manner acceptable for all the parties. On the other hand, partly as a consequence of the ongoing Ukraine crisis, the incoming president of the European Council and former PM of Poland Donald Tusk, as well as the designated EC head Jean-Claude Juncker have proposed creation of an Energy Union as a political project that could effectively address the “energy trilemma” of sustainability, affordability and security. Both these processes, however, continue to unfold against the well-known background of a European energy governance paradox: that the EU requires solidarity and energy policy coordination, while at the same time safeguarding nearly full national sovereignty over energy policies and systems.

As part of this project, we will be  inviting experts to submit  papers that combine policy relevance with academic and methodological rigor. In order to enable learning from the lessons of the 2020 Strategy, the papers will focus on key elements of energy governance and  cover aspects of both regional cooperation and coordination and EU level processes.

Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of the Climate Policy Journal.

Submissions may also be selected to inform the agenda of a conference, due to be held in Berlin on 22nd and23rd June, 2015. This event will be co-hosted by Climate Strategies,  DIW Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance and the European Commission’s office in Berlin. Based on the lessons from the governance experience of the 2020 Strategy for the post-2020 period the conference will focus on improving coordination and cooperation within the EU that would allow EU member states to achieve their renewable energy and climate targets.

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