International workshop and special issue on Climate and Energy Governance and the Future of Europe

30 Sept – 1 Oct 2019 at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome


An international workshop building on a previous GOVTRAN call for papers  for a special issue on Climate and Energy Governance and the Future of Europe. The event by is invitation only, but we do have some flexibility for external participants. For more information contact

We have invited authors of 15 different papers to present their work, examining recent developments in EU climate and energy governance and policy in the context of the challenges and opportunities raised by the EU ‘crisis conglomerate’. We are particularly interested in exploring five main underlying factors: implications of geo-political power shifts, growing challenges of democratic legitimacy and accountability, declining national problem-solving capacity, increasing divisions within and among nation-states/EU Member States, and changing parameters of political discourse in times of social and privatized mass media.
The Special Issue will possibly be published with the Journal of European Public Policy.

Workshop programme

Day 1

09.30-09.45 Welcome and opening of the workshop

09.45-10.45 Session 1: Setting the Scene (Chair: Sebastian Oberthür)

Concept/introductory paper: Exploring the interplay between EU climate and energy governance and European integration in turbulent times


10.45-11.15 Coffee 

11.15-13.00 Session 2 (Chair: Andrew Jordan)

Paper: The challenge of populism to European climate governance: Populist government participation and greenhouse gas emissions in the EU member states (Jahn)

Discussant: Silvia Weko

Paper: Are populist politics a challenge for Europe’s climate policy: exploring the mechanisms and empirical examples (Huber et al.)

Discussant: Sebastian Strunz

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Keynote address and debate: The Future of EU Climate and Energy Governance

Luca de Carli, Head of Unit ‘Legal Affairs, Inter-Institutional Relations & Communications’, European Commission, DG CLIMA

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-18.00 Session 3 (Chair: Ingmar Von Homeyer)

Paper: Blockades in Brussels? Energy and climate decision-making in the European Parliament and the role of central and eastern European member states (Buzogany/Ćetković)

Discussant: Felix Schenuit

Paper: The impact of political changes and multiple crises on the European Parliament’s climate discourse (Petri/Biedenkopf)

Discussant: Stefan Ćetković

Paper: Security, energy poverty and the East-West divide: European attitudes towards climate change (Weko)

Discussant: Aron Buzogany

19.30-21:30 Dinner, Il Margutta, via Margutta 118, 00187 Rome

Day 2

09.30-11.00 Session 4 (Chair: Andrew Jordan)

Paper: Enhancing resilience, or continuing complacency? The constrained development of the EU Adaptation Strategy (Rayner)

Discussant: Irina Kustova

Paper: International EU leadership on climate change revisited (Dupont/Oberthür)

Discussant: Marco Siddi

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-13.00 Session 5 (Chair: Tim Rayner)

Paper: Neither ‘race to the bottom’ nor ‘race to the top’: Does the EU integration lead to more ambitious renewable energy deployment? (Strunz et al.)

Discussant: Katharine Rietig

Paper: Accelerating transitions to low-carbon economies via the EU budget despite turbulent times (Rietig)

Discussant: Tim Rayner

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15:30 Session 6 (Chair: Ingmar von Homeyer)

Paper: Different speeds of acknowledgement: Carbon dioxide removal in the EU’s multilevel system (Schenuit)

Discussant: Detlef Jahn

Paper: The evolution of EU approaches to international energy governance: from a minimum standard principe to the export of the EU’s market model (Kustova/Siddi)

Discussant: Franziska Petri

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 Wrap-up, overall insights and next steps (Chair: Sebastian Oberthür) 

input by Andrew Jordan

Climate and Energy Governance and the Future of Europe

Istituto Affari Internazionali, Via Angelo Brunetti 9 00186 Rome


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