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A Green Deal for Europe: Future or hot air? (EU Future Talks)
What specific legal instruments do Europe intend to use to reverse climate change? How to reconcile climate protection with maintaining the competitiveness of the EU economy? How expensive will climate harmful behaviour be in the future? The aim of this evening is to look at these and other issues from a wide range of perspectives. It will be discussed in the YouTube Livestream: Julika Dittrich (Stv Head of EU Environmental Bureau, Management Circular Futures Platform Austria, Environmental Roof Association) Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler (Head of the EU Climate and Environment Coordination Department at the Climate Ministry) Stephan Schwarzer (Head of Department for Environmental and Energy Policy, Austrian Economic Chamber), Florian Stangl (lawyer at Niederhuber & Partner with a focus on energy and climate law) moderation: Julia Üchling (University Assistant, University of Vienna) can ask questions either live on YouTube or in advance by e-mail (email@example.com) or on Social Media (Facebook and Twitter: @ EUFT21) Organised in the framework of EU Future Talks 2021, a project of the Assistant to European Law at the University of Vienna (Juridicum). For more details on the series: https://deicl.univie.ac.at/news/europarecht/detailansicht/news/eu-future-talks-2021
Event reportReport on the event “A Green Deal for Europe – Future Opportunities or Hot Air?” as part of the EU Future Talks (8 June 2021 at 18:00, online) Organiser: Institute for European Law, International Law and Comparative Law of the University of Vienna (university assistant of the European Law Team: Viktoria Baumgartl, Daniela Gschwindt, Johannes Lukan, Moriz Kopetzki and Julia Zöchling) Content of the event: Four experts in environmental law with different professional backgrounds were invited to discuss the EU’s climate protection plans for 75 minutes. The guests were: Julika Dittrich (Stv. Head of the EU Environment Bureau, Head of Circular Futures Platform Circular Economy Austria in the environmental umbrella association; Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler (Head of Department EU Climate and Environment Coordinator at the Austrian Ministry for Climate Change); Stephan Schwarzer (Head of Department for Environmental and Energy Policy, Austrian Chamber of Commerce) and Florian Stangl (Lawyer at Niederhuber & Partner with a focus on energy and climate law). The discussion was moderated by a representative of the European Law Team at the University of Vienna, Julia Zöchling. Purpose of the event: The purpose of the event was to inform interested audiences about the EU’s plans for climate change mitigation (“Green Deal”), to present the different views of different stakeholders, to discuss the legal aspects of the Green Deal and to involve interested audiences on questions to the experts (via Youtube Live Chat). Subject: The theme of the event was “A Green Deal for Europe – Opportunities for the Future or Hot Air?”. It took place as part of the EU Future Talks, a series of events organised by the European Law Team at the University of Vienna, in which the plans and legislative proposals of the current EU Commission will be discussed. Structure/methodology of the event: After a brief presentation of the invited experts and introduction to the topic by the moderation, the content discussion was started. First of all, the climate law under negotiation was discussed and, based on this, individual parts of the Green Deal were examined. Finally, audience questions were answered. Number and type of participants present: The four speakers were experts in the field of environmental law. A maximum of 59 viewers watched the live stream on YouTube at the same time. In total, the video, which is now available as a recording on Youtube, can register 233 views and 495 impressions (as of 2.7.2021). Demographic data on participants: Precise demographic data on viewers cannot be provided because the live stream and the recording of the discussion were or are freely accessible and YouTube could not collect enough data for an analysis. It is known that the views on YouTube were 60 % from Austria and 6 % from Germany. Due to the channels used to promote the event (mainly Facebook and Twitter, but also e-mail distributors of the European Law Department of the University of Vienna) and the predominantly legal topic, we assume that mainly young sections of the population and lawyers from the relevant departments or students of law have watched. The gender distribution among the spectators cannot be given. The experts discussed were two men and two women; The discussion was moderated by a woman. Main topics of the debates: The main topics of the debates were the Climate Act; The roles of the various actors (Austrian Climate Ministry, Austrian Chamber of Commerce, NGOs) in the legislative process and in the implementation of climate protection requirements; Emissions trading and its potential impact on the economy in the internal market; The implementation of a comprehensive circular economy as well as “climate lawsuits” and legal protection. Main ideas + arguments: All experts agreed on the fundamental need for a “green deal” or taking action at Union level. In the details, however, the views on the Green Deal differed considerably: While the present NGO representative referred to the role of the economy, which should contribute more to climate neutrality, the representative of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce referred to the still pending legislation and to the fact that although objectives were set at Union level, it was not specified in more detail how these objectives could be achieved in concrete terms. The present representative of the Climate Ministry was very satisfied with the Green Deal; However, there was a need to increase the involvement or commitment of the newer EU Member States. The lawyer present essentially shared this assessment. The NGO representative also made a plea for the circular economy and for the implementation of existing plans at EU level (e.g. the New Circular Economy Action Plan). A stronger circular economy was also considered useful by the other experts. Finally, climate action was discussed (especially the Dutch concerning Shell) and the extent to which the results are transferable to Austria. According to the lawyer, the results are not transferable to Austria due to system differences, but it would be worth considering, for example, by softening the admissibility criteria to enable “climate actions” in the EU and Austria. General atmosphere and expected follow-up steps: The atmosphere during the discussion was good and respectful. It is true that a controversy between the NGO representative and the representative of the WKÖ about the role of the economy in achieving the climate goals has been unleashed; However, this was limited to contentual differences and remained objective. No further follow-up steps are currently planned. If necessary, the “Green Deal” will be discussed again at a later date within the framework of the EU Future Talks as soon as concrete legislative acts have been put in place for its implementation. Contact: Oh, I like it. Julia Zöchling University Assistant University of Vienna Institute for European Law, International Law and Comparative Law Team European Law (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Jaeger, LL.M.) A-1010 Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16 firstname.lastname@example.org
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