Tools for building EU climate concensus:
Bringing the CEE Member States on board
Thomas Spencer, Anna Korppoo
Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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In the wake of the Copenhagen climate summit, momentum remains for the development of the EUís
climate policy. The EUís climate narrative is increasingly shifting towards an emphasis on long-term
self-interest, while the international context recedes.
Finding the consensus within the EU remains a challenge. In particular, the Central and Eastern
European Member States have traditionally formed an important part of a more moderate block in
EU climate politics.
If the EU is to increase its 2020 emissions target, strategies will need to be developed to more explicitly
integrate the concerns and interests of CEE Member States into the EUís climate narrative and concrete
In order to generate broader buy-in among EU Member States, climate policy should be more
explicitly linked to overlapping, and immediately desirable, policy agendas.
In addition, the issues of low-carbon financing; energy security and key low-carbon technologies
provide opportunities to more strongly address the interests of CEE Member States, as policy
milestones are pending in these areas in 2010 and 2011.
The approach should not entail horse trading among unrelated issues, but rather greater strategic
coordination of EU climate, energy and cohesion policy based on the goals of the 2020 Strategy. If
low-carbon growth is to become a linchpin of the EUís economic strategy, it follows that this agenda
should also be more strongly integrated into EU cohesion policy.