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Will the EU Green Deal Survive COVID-19? The Future of the European Climate Transformation from the Polish and French Perspectives

The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Brussels Office


Europe Jacques Delors  

invite you to the Online Debate:

Will the EU Green Deal Survive COVID-19? The Future of the European Climate Transformation from the Polish and French Perspectives

Date: Tuesday, 6 October 2020 - 16.00-17.00 CET (Belgium)



The COVID-19 pandemic has forced both European and national decision-makers to adapt their perspectives on diverse issues concerning the future of the European Union’s economy, including debt levels and state intervention in labour markets and supply chains. The commonly held notion that has remained unruffled despite this year’s events is that there is no turning back from the climate transformation. As agreed by the European Council on 21 July 2020, a large portion of the EU Recovery Plan (at least 30%) will finance environmental efforts and the fight against climate change as developed in the EU Green Deal.

This online discussion aims to bring together the diverse Polish and French perspectives, as well as European viewpoints, on the future and possible implementation of the “green” segment of the European Recovery Plan. Our panellists will reflect on this from two angles:

  • Does the EU Green Deal stand a chance in light of the pandemic? What are the main challenges and opportunities for this ambitious European project given the unprecedented circumstances at the EU, national, and regional levels?
  • In detail, how are Poland, France, and other EU countries preparing to implement the “green” segments of the Recovery Plan, and how will they proceed with their climate transformation in the medium-to-long term in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050? Included in this discussion will be the “green” investment plans, modernisation funds, strategies and projects, etc. Correspondingly, to what extent could the “green” stimulus promote significant economic growth in the EU, needed in dealing with the current socio-economic crises?



  • Michał Kurtyka, Ministry of Climate, Republic of Poland
  • Pascal Lamy, Vice-President, Europe Jacques Delors
  • Moderator: Kate Abnett, European Climate and Energy Correspondent for Reuters


Structure of the discussion:

  1. After the moderator’s introductory remarks, each panellist will have 8 minutes to present their views on each of our two main subjects (20 minutes in total for the panel).
  2. The moderator will animate the discussion among the panellists and in the meantime, online participants may submit questions for the QnA within YouTube chat. (10 minutes) 
  3. The moderator will collect several questions and panellists will respond to them (20 minutes).
  4. Concluding remarks from panellists and moderator (10 minutes)


Those wishing to participate are kindly invited to join the debate via our livestreamed: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PolandPISM 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PISM_Poland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PISMPoland  


The event will be held in English.

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