RILSA | The uncertain fate of the Green Deal for Europe ahead of the European Parliament elections

Farmers' protests have reminded that the measures of the Green Deal for Europe may not be politically viable for Europeans. To make climate policies politically viable, the EU should therefore focus on its commitment not to leave anyone behind in the green transition. Klára Votavová, a researcher at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, discusses the current development of the Green Deal for Europe and its social policy aspects in an expert publication for the Social Policy Forum.

When Ursula von der Leyen took office in 2019, the climate climate in the EU looked quite different. This was the year when movements like Fridays for Future, represented by Greta Thunberg, were at the height of their fame and ambition, and all EU leaders except Poland had committed to climate neutrality. Since then, however, the EU has faced multiple crises. The Covid crisis of 2020 and 2021, the war in Ukraine unleashed in 2022 and the associated disruptions in supply chains and energy supplies have combined to contribute to unprecedented price rises across the EU.

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Klára Votavová
Associate Research Fellow

Expertise: Social policies, EU digital policies, Just Transition, Central and Eastern Europe

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