26 November 2019

EaP Platform 3 Meeting

Ina Coșeru, National Environmental Center (Moldova), and Ana Otilia Nutu, Expert Forum (Romania), attended the Eastern Partnership Platform 3 on “Connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change”. Together with EU officials, they discussed preliminary results of the EU Structured Consultation on the post 2020 Eastem Partnership policy for environmental and energy-related issues.

Green new deal for EaP?

Coșeru and Nutu vocally contributed to the discussion on climate change adaptation: the EU and the EaP should understand each other as one whole region, as the effects of climate change do not stop at the EU’s external borders, and as the EU relies on the EaP for its energy security.

They stressed that EaP countries need strong capacities at local level and strong institutions in order to implement an ambitious programme such as the Green New Deal. They asked how the EU is envisaging to support EaP countries in tackling climate change, addressing the EU representatives Luc Devigne (EEAS) and Lawrence Meredith (DG NEAR), who were present at the meeting. Coșeru added that institutional strengthening is key to implement legislation on climate change adapation. EaP countries have adopted EIA legislation but are falling short in implementing it.

Nutu pointed to a mismatch in EU official communication and real actions, citing the example of green house gas (GHG) reduction. On the one hand, the EU promotes GHG reduction; yet on the other hand it gives derogations from EU rules large GHG emitters like Gazprom, allowing it to bypass the EU Gas Directive.

Read more civil society positions on this topic in our latest publication:

EaP CSF (2019). Better Environmental Regulations and Stronger Institutions