What is the potential for European interest groups to jointly
mobilize to promote synergies between ecological and social goals?
This chapter explores attempts of the 'Right to Energy for All
Europeans' coalition, an alliance of Brussels-based NGOs and trade
unions, to exert influence on the energy poverty-related proposals
in the 2016 Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package.
Drawing on qualitative research methods, we find that structural
constraints (such as limited resources and compartmentalized
policymaking) undermine full bottom-up eco-social coordination at
the EU level. So does the commitment of each pressure group to
potentially divergent interests. Nevertheless, European green and
social NGOs and trade unions display a cooperative attitude towards
each other and against the established constraints to
coalition-building. Together they advocate for a just transition
paradigm, combining social and environmental goals and ultimately
making eco-social mobilization an efficient advocacy strategy.