George Kremlis, Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister on energy, climate, environment, and circular economy issues of Greece
Natalia Kwit, Department of European Funds, Ministry of Climate and Environment of Poland
Oana Popescu-Zamfir, Director, GlobalFocus Center
Mariya Trifonova, Assistant Professor at Sofia University; ECFR Visiting Fellow
Julian Popov, Fellow, European Climate Foundation
The European Union has made efforts towards its vision of Europe as the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, as laid out in the European Green Deal. To this end, member states have set out reforms and investments that they aim to implement by 2026 in their national recovery and resilience plans. Bulgaria was one of the last countries to submit its plan, only last month, while Romania, Poland and Greece did so between April and May 2021. Meanwhile, skeptical voices in the region of Southeastern and Central and Eastern Europe are prevalent and need to be addressed.
The event will bring together officials and experts from Southeastern, Central and Eastern Europe in a discussion aiming to build relationships between stakeholders in the region and find best practices and explore the challenges ahead in the facilitation of the implementation of the European Green Deal.