Regulatory power in times of crisis and beyond: Assessing the European Green Deal


The European Commission announced a new ‘Green Deal’ at the end of 2019, just months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sandra Eckert argues that while the pandemic might have been expected to derail the EU’s agenda, the Green Deal has benefited from successful attempts to frame Europe’s green transition as a necessary precondition for economic recovery. She takes a more cautious approach, however, with respect to challenges ahead for the EU’s regulatory power in the global green transition.

When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the EU’s Green Deal, she called it “Europe’s ‘man on the moon’ moment”. Signalling an ambition of similar magnitude, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans presented it as the “answer to the millions of citizens who demand action on the climate and our proposed roadmap to make Europe the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050”.

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