“More than Enthusiasm: the EU, the Energy Transition and the Energy Charter Treaty”, Alan Riley (CIDOB, Barcelona)

Beyond the immediate Covid-19 health crisis and subsequent economic recovery looms the climate change crisis. The EU has committed itself principally via the Paris Agreement to seek to suppress the production of C02 emissions within the Union and assist in their suppression outwith the Union. While the commitment of the EU and its institutions is not in doubt there is a danger that in its enthusiasm to suppress fossil fuel generating C02 emissions it may take steps that backfire. One example that is now in train is the Commission’s modernisation proposals for the Energy Charter Treaty.

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