“The EU Climate Law’s Key Governance Question: Why could the EU use a Climate Watchdog?”, Lola Vallejo, Alina Averchenkova, Matthias Duwe and Lara Lázaro Touza (Elcano, Spain)

The EU Climate Law is the first substantial legislation to implement the vision of the European Green Deal. It aims to enshrine the commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050, to enhance the 2030 objective (reducing emissions by at least 55%) and to complement the EU’s climate governance tools. At the time of writing, the legislative train still ploughs on a year later under ‘trilogue’ negotiations between the Environment Council representing member states, the European Parliament and the Commission. Among the key items under discussion is the Parliament’s proposal to establish a European Climate Change Council (ECCC) by June 2022, an independent expert advisory body at the EU-level.

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