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The EU and Climate Change

dinsdag, 15 december, 2015 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Room Rome
IES Autumn Lecture Series

The Paris Climate Summit is scheduled to adopt a new global agreement on climate change on December 11th. The EU has traditionally been considered an international leader on the subject, consistently pushing for ambitious climate action. However, this leading role has been challenged in recent years. Can the EU still act coherently and push for stronger international action on climate change? This lecture provides an early opportunity to assess the outcomes of the Paris Conference and the role of the EU in the run up to and at the Conference. Part of the lecture will focus on the EU's climate diplomacy efforts, explaining how the European External Action Service has played a key role in raising awareness and encouraging action amongst partners in and outside of the EU.

Key questions to be asked:

  • Has the EU’s role in engaging with third countries on the issue of climate change been successful?
  • Has it been so leading up to and during the Paris Conference?
  • What role has the EU taken in climate diplomacy?


  • Olaf-Gamal Deussen, Policy Coordinator for Climate Diplomacy in the EEAS
  • Sebastian Oberthür, Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Institute for European Studies (IES-VUB)


  • Katja Biedenkopf, Assistant Professor of European and International Studies at the University of Leuven & Associate Research Fellow at the IES

Registration and venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please fill in the online registration form.

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels