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All countries of Southeast Europe are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and have signed up to the Paris Agreement. Becuase they all seek to join the EU well before 2030, their climate pledges should be in line with the EU’s target - currently set to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

In a run up to Paris, SEE countries developed their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Our analysis shows that their mitigation pledges are insufficient and do not match EU’s climate goals. Climate action in the region must be ramped up in the next years, particularly since the region is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. It may, in fact, be among the first and worst hit in Europe.

Moreover, since the countries of the region aspire to join the EU fairly soon, they need both political pressure and support from the EU, including financial and technical assistance to step up their climate action.

CAN Europe cooperates with national groups monitoring climate policy developments in Southeast Europe. We advocate for ambitious climate targets, leading to phase out of greenhouse gas emisssions by mid-century, in line with the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015.

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Latest Publications

  • Letter to European Commission on industrial transformation

    CAN Europe calls upon the Commission to build policy frameworks that guarantee economy-wide transformations that meet several environmental objectives.
  • Delays to Balkan energy transition cost more

    ▶️ One Balkan country clocks its first coal-free days,▶️ Another is rushing in the opposite direction, reviving shelved projects for a new coal plant.▶️ 2-speed energy transition in the Western Balkans,▶️ but delaying just transition beyond coal costs more.  Read the latest news and stories from the region's journey beyond coal. Delays to Balkan energy transition cost more Europe Beyond Coal unites civil society groups across our continent in working towards a swift and just transition away from coal-fired electricity and towards sustainable, renewable energy… Go to this presentation here   Read the previous issue: Make-or-Break Time for Balkan Green Agenda 
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