Climate Briefing #2

Endast inbjudna · Webinar · 02.02.2021 15:00 - 16:15

Endast inbjudna


The EU’s Climate Agenda: what are the next steps?


The event takes place 2 February 2021 at 15:00 EET (14:00 CET).


In December 2020, the EU announced its new target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, aiming for a cut of at least 55% compared to 1990. The new target should contribute to the long-term climate neutrality goal codified in the forthcoming EU climate law, as well as to the broader agenda of the European Green Deal.

However, the EU faces both internal and external challenges in the implementation of the climate agenda. Internal divisions have led to protracted negotiations on the 2030 target, and not all issues have been solved. While the EU can now update its nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement ahead of COP 26, different levels of ambition concerning emission reductions persist across the globe. How will the Union address these domestic and international challenges?


FIIA has started a new seminar series titled ”FIIA Climate Briefings” addressing current issues in international climate policy. The seminar series is moderated by FIIA’s researchers Antto Vihma and Marco Siddi.

The seminar series is part of FIIA’s project The Politics of Climate Change




Stefanie Hiesinger

Member of Cabinet of the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, European Commission

Stefanie Hiesinger is a member of the Cabinet of the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans. Before joining the Cabinet, she was the Deputy Head of Unit of the unit responsible for the policy development regarding the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action. In this capacity, she worked on the development of market-based measures to mitigate climate change. In recent years, she was particularly involved in the legislative process on the establishment of the Market Stability Reserve and the revision of the EU ETS for the fourth trading period (2021-2030).


Emma Hakala

Senior Research Fellow, FIIA

Emma Hakala is Senior Research Fellow at FIIA. She defended her doctoral dissertation in political
history in 2018 under the title “International Organisations and the Securitisation of the Environment
in post-Conflict Western Balkans”. Dr Hakala’s broader research interest is on environmental and climate
security. She has also done research and published on sustainable energy issues, environmental
citizenship in the Balkans and local water sustainability cooperation in Nepal. Dr Hakala’s current
research explores new practices to respond and adapt to environmental security threats in the context
of Finland. She is a member of the BIOS Research Unit and the WISE project (Creative adaptation to
wicked socio-environmental disruptions).


Marco Siddi

Senior Research Fellow, FIIA

Marco Siddi is Senior Research Fellow at FIIA, where he focuses primarily on EU-Russia relations, European politics and EU energy and climate policy. His publications include the monograph European Identities and Foreign Policy Discourses on Russia: From the Ukraine to the Syrian Crisis (Routledge, 2020) and articles in various academic journals, including Europe-Asia Studies, Politics, Geopolitics, The International Spectator, German Politics, Russian Politics, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and International Politics.