In the times of growing geopolitical rivalry, external shocks, and calls for friendshoring understanding of EU climate policy as an international policy becomes a question of both values & realism.
Firstly, if the European Green Deal is to be meaningful for reducing emissions of CO2 and thus mitigating harmful effects of climate breakdown (which are already hitting the Global South the hardest), they have to be a part of a wider International Green Deal. Secondly, Europe needs resources and materials from the Global South to implement the transition. Thirdly, if European climate policies are to be an effective element of strengthening Europe’s soft power internationally they need to offer a real (sustainable) deal to the countries of the Global South in terms of trade that would be fairer and more attractive than offers of the competing undemocratic geopolitical power block.
Senior fellow at Bruegel, visiting professor at University College London and KU Leuven
European political scientist and activist. Since 2009, she has served as the director of the Open Society European Policy Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Since 2021, she has also held the position of Visiting Professor at University College London and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Grabbe studied philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1991. She worked as an editor at Oxford Analytica and conducted academic research at various renowned research institutions across Europe, including the European University Institute in Florence, the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw, and Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. In 2002, she completed her doctoral thesis on the EU’s influence on post-communist countries seeking membership at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Between 2000 and 2004, Grabbe served as the deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, where she published extensively on EU enlargement, its implications, and various European policies. In 2004, she began working as a senior advisor to the then European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn. In 2009, Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros invited Grabbe to work for the Open Society Foundations. Since then, she has been the director of the Open Society European Policy Institute, focusing on analyzing EU policies related to democracy, justice, human rights, and accountability. During her tenure at Open Society, Grabbe has extensively analyzed and commented on key European trends and challenges, including the impact of populist radical right parties, digital transformation, and the transition to a carbon-neutral economy. Her work has been published in various reputable publications, including the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. In 2017, POLITICO Europe ranked her highly among “the women who shape Brussels.”
Former Minister of the Environment (2011–2013), and Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment and Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy (2013–2015)
Polish lawyer and government official. He held positions such as Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy (2005–2011), Minister of the Environment (2011–2013), and Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment and Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy (2013–2015). He completed his education at the École nationale d’administration in Paris and studied at the University of Warsaw. He worked as a lawyer and advisor in various institutions, dealing with negotiations related to Poland’s accession to the EU. In 2005, he became the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economy, and in 2011, he became the Minister of the Environment. During the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Warsaw (COP 19), he chaired the conference. He left his position as minister in 2013 and became the Government Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy. After leaving government service, he took on the role of Director of the Green Economy Institute and President of the Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation.
Co-founder of Wschód movement, climate activist with Fridays For Future
Climate justice and peace activist based in Warsaw, Poland. I have been an active campaigner since the age of 15. Activist and campaigner in Fridays for Future, global youth movement, and co-founder of WSCHÓD – an initiative for bold people fighting fossil crises in Poland and Eastern Europe. Politicians are afraid of change – we are the change. I confront politicians (e.x. Emmanuel Macron, Frans Timmermans, russian diplomats or Nicola Sturgeon), speak and write on climate, safety & peace, organize and campaign for fossil free world. Together with Eastern European activists, I bring the link between russian brutal war in Ukraine and fossil fuel dependency of the globe to the front. Featured in Politico, New York Times, Time Magazine, Reuters and more. Working with Polish media on climate and energy issues daily. Podcast host and writer.
Chair of the Poland's Green Party
Polish social and political activist, serving as a member of Parliament for the 9th and 10th terms, and co-chairwoman of The Green Party. She graduated from the Leon Koźmiński Academy in Warsaw in 2003. She played an active role in protests against the logging of the Białowieża Forest and later engaged in the Save Women project, advocating against drastic restrictions on abortion laws. Additionally, she participated in protests against Polish judiciary reforms. As a member of the national board of the Green Party and the board of the Warsaw Center group, she created the party’s program titled “Poland without Smog.” During the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, she established an MP office in Białowieża to support humanitarian activists.
Kamil Lipiński (chair)
Senior Analyst, Climate & Energy Department, Polish Economic Institute
Member of Polish Economic Institute, engineer, sociologist, energy market analyst. OSINT expert, specialized in the Eastern European gas market. Participated in construction and development of strategic infrastructure projects such as the Baltic Pipe, GIPL and LNG Terminal Świnoujście. Defended his PhD, titled “Business Elite. Conversion and Legitimization of Capital in Poland”, at the University of Warsaw. Holds an Engineer degree in Environmental Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and MBL degree in EU Energy Law from Technische Universität Berlin. Editor in “Magazyn Kontakt”. His research interests include security of supply and business relations in the EU energy market.
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