The relevance of regional divides for the green transition

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»Facilitating a green transition that leaves no one behind«

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).

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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?

Jakob Hafele

Mitgründer, Geschäftsführer und Direktor Ökonomik

Dr. Claudius Gräbner

Juniorprofessor für Plurale Ökonomik, Europa-Universität Flensburg

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8. March 2023 @ 15:00 - 16:00


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