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This year’s edition of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung annual conference on European Politics will focus on the local dimension of the European Green Deal over an extensive half-day programme, with sessions exploring innovative ways to overcome the crisis, the socio-economic transformation, best practices, the role of local authorities, and more.

The European Green Deal – Thinking Locally


The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on Europe’s economy, health systems and democracy is enormous. In terms of European policy it will now be important to shape the economic construction in Europe in a socially and ecologically sustainable way. The policy fields of climate, energy, environment, digitalisation as well as economy, labour and social affairs must be thought together in the European Green Deal and shaped in such a way that social cohesion in Europe is strengthened. Germany, as the most populous and economically strongest country, will have to play a central role in this tour de force. The EU’s ability to act will continue to depend largely on the German government’s will to act. The Annual Conference on European Policy 2021 of the Heinrich Böll Foundation will therefore focus on the question of which European policy priorities the new German government should and must set after the federal elections in autumn 2021.

At this year’s annual conference on European policy, which will also take place online, European representatives from politics, science, political consultancy and civil society will analyse and discuss the current crisis and appropriate strategies to overcome it.

The focus is on the local dimension of the European Green Deal.

In many places, municipalities are seen as the new bearers of hope. Initiatives at the local level are already making a difference in many areas and are seen as potential drivers of the socio-ecological transformation, be it in the energy transition, sustainable mobility and infrastructure or in public space. We want to let some initiatives have their say and present good examples from practice that show the way forward and provide inspiration for imitation.


  • Rasmus Andresen, MEP, EFA/Greens, Brussels
  • Dr. Franziska Brantner, German MP, Alliance90/The Greens, Berlin
  • Annika Hedberg, Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme, European Policy Centre, Brussels
  • Dirk Holemans, Co-president of the Green European Foundation GEF, Brussels
  • Benedek Jávor, Representative of the City of Budapest, Brussels/Budapest
  • Ares Kalandides, Professor of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
  • Phoebe Koundouri, Professor, University of Economics and Business, Athens
  • Audrey Mathieu, EU Climate Policy Officer, Head of Berlin Office, Germanwatch, Berlin
  • Neil Makaroff, European Policy Officer, Reseau Action Climat, Paris
  • Bozena Ryszawska, Professor, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Wroclaw
  • Claude Turmes, Minister for Energy and Spatial Planning Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
  • Sanna Vesikansa, Deputy Mayor, for Social Services and Health Care, Helsinki

Practical information

Time: Thursday, 10 May 2020, 14.00 – 19.00 CEST

Conference languages: English/German with simultaneous translation

Full programme and registration:  See the Heinrich Böll Foundation website here

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