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Capacity Building in New Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries on Further Climate Change Action Post-2012

Series of events 2006-2007

About this series of events

In the context of current negotiations on further climate change action (post 2012), a series of six capacity building workshops and two conferences for the new EU Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries was held in 2006 and 2007.

The project convened about 350 participants from business, politics, academia and civil society. Ministers of Environment of the respective host country opened these respective meetings.

The project produced a number of recommendations for future climate change policies:

Project Recommendations [pdf, 80 KB, English]


The following events took place:

  • Opening Conference 2006 in Warsaw,
  • 4 Country-specific Workshops and 2 Strategy Workshops in Riga (2006), Sofia (2006), Ljubljana (2006) and Prague (2007)
  • Final Conference in Budapest, October 2007.

These events were designed to bring together policy makers, businesses, non-governmental organisations, public authorities, scientists and others. They were intended to:

  • help facilitate discussions in the new Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries on further climate change action;
  • create additional public awareness and networks of relevant stakeholders;
  • strengthen the capacity of the new Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries to contribute to the negotiations on future EU and global climate policy.

The Opening Conference brought together approximately 80 key players and opinion leaders from politics, business, non-governmental organisations, research institutes and think tanks. At the Country-specific Workshops, country-specific issues were discussed more intensively among regional groups of three to four countries. During the Strategy Workshops, ongoing developments were assessed based on the results of the Country-specific workshops.

The Final Conference in October 2007 brought together representatives from politics, business, non-governmental organisations, science and other fields. On 15 October 2007, the day before the Final Conference, a regional consultation workshop on the recent Commission's Green Paper on Adaptation ("Adapting to Climate Change in Europe -- Options for EU Action") was held. An informal governmental round table on future climate change policies was conducted the day after the Final Conference (17 October 2007).


Series of events financed by:

European Commission - DG Environment


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