On March 8, 2023 we held Session IV of the Speaker Series ‘Social Policy Unpacked: Exploring pathways for fair green and digital transitions’, co-hosted by the ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies and the European Commission (DG EMPL).
Engage with materials from the event below.
For many EU countries and regions, the green transition is an opportunity; for others (e.g. those regions dependent on fossil fuels and energy-intensive industries), the green transition could become a challenge to their socio-economic futures, leading to possible opposition to stricter EU climate regulation. Therefore, adequate policy measures are needed to leave no one behind and support regions in developing a green economy. This motivates the guiding question of this talk: How can the challenges of climate change mitigation and socio-economic convergence in the EU be addressed together?
Claudius Gräbner and Jakob Hafele shared their insights into
- How and when is economic, social, and territorial cohesion in potential conflict with the goal of more effective climate policy?
- How can we take into adequate consideration the needs of different countries/regions and facilitate a fair green transition?
- How could policy opportunities from local to EU level foster socio-economic convergence while mitigating climate change?