As the world prepares to emerge from the pandemic with the new vaccine hopes, European nations are contemplating more climate neutral economic recovery. But the practical implications of the EU’s grand green ideas in Europe and beyond remain to be seen.
At the start of 2020, the new EU “geopolitical” Commission envisaged to strengthen the coherence between internal and external EU economic policies to build more strategic power in external relations. Its green strategy, framed as “European Green Deal,” has envisaged that Europe would become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050. In spite of, or rather due to, the pandemic, the Commission has been creative in attempts to turn coronavirus challenges into green (and digital) economic opportunities. As the year draws to a close, the Commission’s ambitions have been met with Member States politics, requiring further creativity in the implementation of the green plan for Europe.