Ensuring a Green Recovery

»If we use the European Green Deal as a compass, we can transform this crisis into a chance - our chance to reshape our economies and to make them more resilient.«
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

The various plans and strategies, as well as the European Green Deal as the centrepiece for future European economic development, are all steps in the right direction. But is this enough to achieve the necessary economic transformation towards a resilient, climate-neutral and circular economy?  Which steps do we need to take now – and which mistakes do we need to avoid – to put the EU on a sustainable trajectory by the mid-2020s? 

In the Policy Lab “Ensuring a Green Recovery” you will be able to discuss some of the remaining long-term challenges to deliver on the EU’s climate and biodiversity objectives. The discussion is expected to address some of the following angles: 

  1. Short-term goals vs long-term objectives
  2. Addressing resource use and biodiversity protection

Guiding Questions

  • How might Member States and the Commission enable short-term economic stabilization through investments that pay in on the different long-term goals of a resilient, climate-neutral and circular economy and “do no harm”?
  • How might Member States and the Commission implement recovery plans that contribute to an absolute decoupling of resource use from economic growth, enhance biodiversity and preserve ecological resilience?

Relevant EU processes

Keynote & Panelists

Prof. Kate Raworth
Senior Visiting Research Associate, University of Oxford
Kerstin Jorna
Director-General DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Barbara Kauffmann
Director DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Astrid Schomaker
Director DG Environment

Preparatory material