Green Post-Corona Talks


The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a grip on societies worldwide and will impact our lives long after the crisis is overcome. It is clear that we cannot continue with “business as usual,” but that we need to discuss positive ideas and concepts for a better, greener future and resilient societies now.

GEF is therefore hosting the Green Post-Corona Talks, a series of participatory online discussions with high-level experts, thinkers, and policy-makers, and the opportunity for participants to pose their most pressing questions to them live.

The talks will highlight what is currently at stake in the Corona crisis but also look beyond the period of the pandemic, and what possible solutions are already out there and can lend themselves to design the post-corona world.

The series will cover different themes from economy, over migration to gender, and bring in inspiring perspectives from all across Europe.


Our donors

In putting together this talk series, we are very grateful for the generous contributions received from our:

  1. major donors: Jutta Paulus; Petra de Sutter;
  2. general donors: Richard Wouters, Rene de Molder, Biljana Lalic, Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart and many others, who have requested to maintain their identity undisclosed.



The series


Season 1

Green Post Corona Talks: The Biodiversity Crisis

This series, implemented in cooperation with Oikos, includes four webinars, each emphasizing a different aspect of the biodiversity crisis. They also aim to propose different solutions to it, from the COP15 and different EU policies to Indigenous movements and the connections between biodiversity loss, climate change, and the COVID-19-crisis.

Learn more here.

Green Post-Corona Talks Hrvatska

This series of online discussions is targeted towards young people interested in learning about the most pressing current issues in Croatia and who want to become more active in their communities. We will span topics such as workers’ rights, education, the green economy, and digitalisation, inviting experts to discuss how to achieve a sustainable, green and resilient future.

Learn more here.

Green Post Corona Talks Slovenia

GEF alongside The Institute for Social Ecology is hosting two sessions focusing on the post-pandemic recovery in Slovenia and its neighboring countries: Green Recovery: Reflecting on the political landscape and experience from neighbouring countries, Public support and understanding among Slovenians for the European Green Recovery


Season 1

This series was implemented in cooperation with Oikos. Moderated by Dirk Holemans, coordinator of the Flemish Think Tank Oikos and Co-President of the Green European Foundation.

Thursday, 23 April: 14:00 – 15:00 – Series kick off, part 1Corona and its consequences for the environment

With: Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

Friday, 24 April: 16:00 – 17:00 – Series kick off, part 2Corona and its consequences for Europe

With: Philippe Lamberts, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and Mar Garcia, Secretary General of the European Green Party

Wednesday, 29 April: 19:00 – 20:30Feminism in times of Corona

With: Małgorzata Tracz, Member of the Polish Parliament for the Greens; Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby;  Laura López Domínguez, Member of the Spanish Parliament for the Catalan Greens

Wednesday, 6 May: 14:00 – 15:00 – Food security and food sovereignty in times of Corona

With: Stanka Becheva, Campaigner for Food, agriculture and biodiversity at Friends of the Earth Europe; Olivier de Schutter, co-chair of IPES-Food and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food; and Tilly Metz, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA group

Wednesday, 13 May: 14:00 – 15:00 – Corona and the future of work

With: Kim van Sparrentak, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA group, and Jelena Miloš, Project Coordinator at UniCare Europe

Tuesday, 19 May: 18:00 – 19:15 – Corona and the future of transportation

With: Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology; William Todts, Executive Director Transport and Environment; Elke van den Brandt, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Mobility, Public Works and Road Safety

Wednesday, 27 May: 14:00 – 15:00 – Corona and contact tracing apps

With: Seda Gürses,  Privacy Researcher, Marleen Stikker, Internet Pioneer, and Laura Sophie Dornheim – Member of the Greens Berlin and speaker of the state working group on internet policy

Wednesday, 3 June: 14:00 – 15:00 – Universal Basic Income as a possible remedy to the COVID-19 crisis?

With: Alviina Alametssä, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA group, and Natalie Bennett, former GEF Board Member and Member of the UK House of Lords, Julen Bollain, economist, UBI researcher and member of the Basque Parliament

Wednesday, 10 June: 14:00 – 15:00 – The COVID-19 crisis and the future of Europe

With: Srećko Horvat, Croatian philosopher, member of Diem25 and co-founder of the Subversive Festival Zagreb and Marie Toussaint, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA group 

Wednesday, 17 June: 14:00 – 15:00 – COVID-19, intergenerational solididarity and youth perspectives

With: Michael Piccinino, Board Member of the European Youth Forum, Özgecan Kara, Secretary General of the Federation of Young European Greens, Adélaïde Charlier and Jada Kennedy, Co-organisers of Youth for Climate Belgium

Wednesday, 24 June: 14:00 – 15:00COVID-19 and the future of tourism

With: Bram Van Braeckevelt, Alderman for Tourism of Ghent (Belgium) and Robert Fletcher, Environmental Anthropologist, researcher and author from the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University (The Netherlands)


Season 2

Wednesday, 18 November: 14:00 – 15:00 – Revisited: Corona and its consequences for Europe

With Philippe Lamberts, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, and Jean Lambert, European Green Party Committee member and former Member of the European Parliament for the Green Party of England & Wales

Thursday, 27 January 15:00 – 16:00Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU and the Green Deal

With Bas Eickhout, Greens/EFA member of the European Parliament and Célia Nyssens, Policy Officer for Agriculture, European Environmental Bureau


Tuesday, 9 March 10:00 – 11:00  – Role of (green)  governments amidst the pandemic and the impact on public health and services.

With Petra de Sutter, Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister for the civil service and public enterprises, and

Sonia Zdorovtzoff, Lyon Councillor, responsible for International relations, cooperation, international solidarity & European affairs.

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