“Listening to the people: How the Green Agenda Action Plan can do better for the Western Balkans”, Melika Mahmutović (ÖGFE, Austria)

Extending the objectives of the European Green Deal to the Western Balkans is an important step for environmental protection in the region, which faces serious challenges related to air, water and soil pollution. The Russian war in Ukraine and consequences of the energy crisis make the green transformation even more relevant. The European Union shall provide strong support for the Western Balkan states in their journey towards energy transition and sustainable development, while ensuring stability in the region. Hence, the author of this Policy Brief argues that the Green Agenda Action Plan should strengthen a bottom-up approach and the role of environmental civil society organisations in the drafting and consultation process.

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