Political stances in the EU on the Green Deal

Research Paper by Clara Volintiru



Meeting the current EU climate targets requires integrated Green Deal governance mechanisms in all member states.

The European Union is deploying great efforts to become a global leader in climate action, with its carbon neutrality goals and Green Deal commitments. However, member states have different abilities to address and overcome the environmental challenges. To a certain extent, political agendas or structural economic vulnerabilities can explain varying national positioning with regards to the ambitious energy and climate agenda. Beyond the surface however, the political stances should be understood in the context of institutional vulnerabilities and limitations of the enforcement capacity at national and local level.


About the author

Clara Volintiru is Associate Professor in the Department of International Business and Economics (REI), at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE). She graduated with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has participated in various international research projects in the field of behavioural studies, good governance, informal exchanges and political economy. Her projects focused on Central and Eastern European and EU's peripheries. She has conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank, the European Commission, OECD, Eurofound, or the Committee of Regions. Her recent publications appeared with Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, or Springer, and in such peer-reviewed journals as CESifo Economic Studies, Acta Politica, European Political Science Review, Eastern European Politics, or Research & Politics. She is currently Director of the Economic Opportunities and Financing the Economy Program at the Aspen Institute.

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