This event will be a workshop, aiming to look into the design and implementation process of the European Green Deal. Each session will be introduced by three short presentations aimed at launching the discussion among all workshop participants.
President von der Leyen established climate change as a top priority for her European Commission, promising to deliver a European Green Deal able to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To be politically and socially accepted and supported, the European Green Deal has to turn decarbonisation into an historical occasion to revitalise the European industry, and therefore ensure long-term economic growth and jobs. That is, while heading towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European economy has to remain highly competitive at global level, in view of facing increasing competition from China and other big players. While EU countries carry out their own industrial policies, it is important to also have a broader EU-level industrial policy, to prevent market distortions and to allow synergies and economies of scale.
This workshop aims to look into this question, which is set to play a central role in the design and implementation process of the European Green Deal. Each session will be introduced by three short presentations aimed at launching the discussion among all workshop participants. The programme has thus been designed to allow a maximum time for discussion and interaction among all workshop participants, to ensure a frank and constructive debate.
This is an invitation-only event open only to Bruegel’s members and select experts.
Breakfast and check-in
Session 1 – Industrial policy for the European Green Deal: the strategy
Chair: Simone Tagliapietra, Research Fellow
Jos Delbeke, Director General at DG Climate Action, European Commission
Markus Hess, Deputy Director General Industrial Policy and Future Mobility, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Megan Richards, Director for Energy Policy, DG ENER, EU Commission
Session 2 – Industrial policy for the European Green Deal: the policy mix
Chair: Reinhilde Veugelers, Senior Fellow
Bertrand Déprez, Vice-President, EU Government Affairs, Schneider Electric
Kerstin Jorna, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG ECFIN
Laura Piovesan, Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Kurt Vandenberghe, Director, Policy Development and Coordination , European Commission, DG RTD
Director General at DG Climate Action, European Commission
Vice-President, EU Government Affairs, Schneider Electric
Deputy Director General Industrial Policy and Future Mobility, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG ECFIN
Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness Department, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Director for Energy Policy, DG ENER, EU Commission
Director, Policy Development and Coordination , European Commission, DG RTD
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