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Future EU Climate Change Policy - Challenges and Opportunities for New Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries

Conference, Warsaw, 23-24 January 2006

About this conference

The conference was the first of a series of events which are aimed at facilitating an open-minded societal debate in new EU Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries on the challenges and opportunities arising from future climate change policy. Views were exchanged on how the EU, and in particular its new and future Member States, should build on the Kyoto Protocol and how countries should work together after 2012 to fight climate change.

The conference brought together 74 key players and opinion leaders from politics, business, non-governmental organisations, research institutes and think tanks in the new Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries. Thereby it gave representatives from a broad range of institutions and stakeholder groups an opportunity to contribute to the debate on the future of EU and global climate policy. Speakers included experts representing a wide range of institutions, from both new and old Member States as well as Acceding and Candidate Countries.

Key issues

Plenary and breakout sessions focused on the following key issues:

  • Expected future emission trends and climate change impacts at a regional scale
  • Experiences from climate-related policies and measures in old and new EU Member States
  • Costs and benefits of possible climate change action
  • Business opportunities and early movers' advantages
  • Options for the future international climate policy regime and their consequences for the EU and its new Member States
  • The future role of Joint Implementation and the Clean Development Mechanism
  • The role and contribution of new Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries in future EU climate policy
  • Capacity needs of new Member States, Acceding and Candidate Countries for full participation in the debate on future climate policy


Here you can find the press release of this conference.

Conference organisers (Consortium)

The conference was organised by Ecologic - Institute for International and Environmental Policy, Berlin, in co-operation with the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), Warsaw, the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), London, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin, and a network of experts from additional in
stitutions in the old and new Member States.


Conference Summary [pdf, 103 KB, English]


Conference financed by:

European Commission - DG Environment


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