The incoming European Commission is set to take office on 1 December. Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman to become commission president, has vowed to make climate action a cornerstone of her political agenda, with several key projects being started in the first 100 days in office. These include a European Green Deal, setting a new goal of climate neutrality and enshrining it in a European Climate Law, as well as adopting a Climate Pact.
Support from member states for this ambitious platform is by no means guaranteed. EU member states remain divided on whether to increase ambition on climate and even the progressive ones still need to actually adopt stronger and more effective measures at home to meet the next set of emission reduction targets.
Decisions at EU level on energy and climate policy determine significantly what can and must happen at the country level. What happens in Brussels is of key importance for national policy – and understanding the politics and the actors crucial for the debates and their impact on domestic issues.
This research tour will provide essential background on EU energy and climate policy making and cover topics of relevance to national policies. Topics will include:
- How does Brussels policy-making work, what are the roles of the European Commission and the Parliament? And how do business associations and civil society represent their interest in the political process?
- What are the key climate policy related processes under the new European Commission and how are they expected to influence member states
- How is EU policy influencing the security of energy supply in Europe - and what is the role of natural gas in this context?
- How can EU-level action shape the future of transport at all levels of the economy, developing new technologies and supporting the necessary infrastructure?
The research tour will be implemented in collaboration with the Ecologic Institute, a think tank based in Berlin with a strong focus on EU environmental policy, which will provide both logistical support and content expertise to the programme and the tour itself.
Frequently asked questions on how to apply, costs and logistics
The research tour is open for journalists from the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain.
To apply, please click on the red 'Apply Here' button above that will take you to the webform.
Please note that applications in any other language than English will not be accepted.
By submitting your application, you agree that your name, associated media outlet, country of residence and email address will appear on the list shared with all participants if your application is successful.
All presentations during the workshop will be in English, or otherwise live translated into English.
Participation in the research tour is free of charge. Furthermore, all expenses incurred during the tour, including food, accommodation and local transportion during the tour will be covered by the European Climate Foundation.
Participants will organise their own travel to and from Belgium independently, and will be reimbursed for their expense after the event. When arranging their travel, participants are kindly asked to consider climate friendly modes of transportation where viable and reasonable. Participants are also asked to acknolwedge budgetary constraints of up to 300 euros return connection for economy class travel. The tour will start on 2 Decemberat 6 p.m. and will end on 4 December at 6 p.m.
All successful applicants will be notified on how to claim reimbursement ahead of the tour. It is generally not possible to reimburse the travel expenses in cash.
Application deadline for applications is 7 November 2019. We will inform you of the outcome of your application no later than 18 November 2019.
Please make sure to have access to your email, and do check the spam folder. If your application has been sucessful you will receive a confirmation email from CLEW not later than 18 November. In that event please confirm your participation until 12 pm CET+1 time on 19 November. Otherwise your place will be offered to another applicant.
If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com. Please make sure you have a visa appointment at the embassy or consulate well before the research tour to leave enough time for processing your visa.
Note that we do not reimburse visa fees or insurance costs.
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You will then hear from CLEW regarding the outcome of your application no later than Monday, 18 November 2019.
Interviews and public debate between journalists and speakers follow different rules and practices in different parts of the world. To make the context of our media trip clear for all involved, we would like to set out the following framework guiding the interaction with participating journalists:
Quotes and interviews
- We work on the basis that statements made by participants can be quoted by the journalists present in their media reports. As a rule, conversations are “on the record”.
- If speakers do not want to be quoted, we ask them to inform the participating journalists where this is the case. Remarks may then be made "off the record" and will not be quoted.
- Outside Germany it is not common practice for journalists to seek authorisation for quotes before using them. If a speaker do require the participating journalists to check quotes with him or her before publishing, we ask speaker to advise journalists of this.
Photos, audio or video recordings
- We respect journalists’ fundamental right not to disclose the sources of their research. Some of the participants also come from countries where press freedom is under threat and where journalists are prosecuted. As a safeguard to participants’ rights and their well-being, we kindly ask the speakers not to take any photos or to make any film or audio recordings on which participants can be individually identified.
- If the speakers would like to take photos or make audio or video recordings of our visit, they approach a staff member for Clean Energy Wire so that we can agree on safe and workable solutions.
- If there are restrictions to taking photos or to making audio or video recordings on the premises, we will inform participants.