Towards a Greener Future for Europe?

Fiona De Cuyper, January 11, 2022.

Social Sciences – Political Science

Abstract: Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic are the hallmark challenges of the 21st century, yet their intersection is not often discussed. Despite its devastating effects, this paper argues that the pandemic can be seen as an opportunity for a green recovery in Europe. The European Green Deal is perceived to have been put on hold while the European economies deal with the repercussions of the pandemic. However, its challenges could be tackled by redirecting and supplementing the Green Deal. The Covid-crisis enables us to move from incremental change to radical change when it comes to society’s organization and the role that climate concerns play in it. We need to learn from past transitions and now use that knowledge to ensure a green transition for our society. If the EU coordinated its economic recovery to go hand in hand with its Green Deal, and perhaps also pushed some of the Deal’s standards onto (future) alliances, it might be able to shape a greener future worldwide.

Keywords. — green recovery, European Green Deal, pandemic, climate change

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Fiona De Cuyper

Managing Editor for the EUSTT. She has studied a Bachelor in Social Sciences and a Master in European and International Governance. She is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in International and European Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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