CEE’s Green Transition within the EU-US Agenda

The Transatlantic Partnership Has a Similar Focus But Different Strategies In Mind

16 June 2021

The move away from the carbon economy offers many avenues for progress, but also increases the likelihood of a developmental divide in Europe. Overcoming these challenges for Central and Eastern Europe could leave them vulnerable to increased influence from China, an outcome with unequal assessment from the EU and US.

The recent EU-US Summit was designed to renew the transatlantic relationship. It failed however to address the elephant in the room: how will the EU and US actually align their economic transition towards a green and sustainable model?

The trade dispute settlement is a far cry from what was supposed to be a transformative, future-ready agenda. Similarly, the Leader Summit on Climate came as a show of diplomatic force, but little in the way of an actual engagement towards a multilateral economic transition.

Same transition, different directions

John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Photo credit: Kenneth C. Zirkel

For now, each side of the Atlantic seems to be preparing its own climate action plan. And while the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, is circling the globe in pursuit of multilateral support for meaningful commitments ahead of COP27, it seems like the transatlantic link on climate action is simply taken for granted. With the desire for deeper cooperation on the two sides of the Atlantic, a shared economic vision might be a necessary ingredient.


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Clara Volintiru

Clara Volintiru is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Business and Economics (REI), at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE). She graduated with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has been involved in various international research projects in the field of behavioural studies, good governance, informal exchanges and political economy. She has been a consultant for international organizations such as the World Bank, European Commission, Eurofound, and Committee of the Regions. Currently serves as Director of the Aspen Institute of Romania New Economy and Society Program. Her recent publications appeared with Oxford University Press, in European Political Science Review, Acta Politica, CESifo Economic Studies, Eastern European Politics, or Research & Politics. Synthetic versions of her work are available in video abstracts or such online platforms as Forbes, EUROPP, IPI Global Observatory, Emerging Europe, Global Policy or Huffington Post.


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