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Climate targets in Southeast Europe

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 from UN Secretary General urging EU leaders to ramp up climate action

    In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk leaked by the media last week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged EU leaders to adopt a long-term vision for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050 and commit to increasing the EU's 2030 climate target to 55 percent reductions in emissions.
  • Letter to EU ministers on climate and environmental action in development funding

    Ahead of Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Oxfam EU, ACT Alliance EU, Conservation International and Wetlands International write to EU ministers to highlight how the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can support developing countries to scale up climate and environmental action and support biodiversity, fostering sustainable development.
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