Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
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Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Political Entrepreneurship for a Prosperous Europe

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander and Brigitte Pircher

This study explores the Europe 2020 strategy and the role of European political entrepreneurship in debating, shaping and implementing this strategy within the EU. The book sets out to explore the content, conditions and consequences of Europe 2020 by analysing the plan for a future prosperous EU economy. The main focus is on European political entrepreneurship and how the strategy has been debated and decided on, and then implemented from a governance perspective with multiple European actors.
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Chapter 11: Climate and environmental politics: resource efficient

Martin Nilsson


The aim of this chapter is both to explore reforms by the EU as a political entrepreneur in the field of climate change, to produce sustainable growth, and to analyse challenges to achieve these goals in Europe 2020. As such, the European Commission together with the European Parliament have been the most important political entrepreneurs in the ambition to promote climate actions, both before and after Europe 2020 was established. The EU seems to be on a path to, more or less, achieve its 20/20/20 climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030. However, several challenges, such as budget issues and the will of some member states to implement climate change actions, remain before the EU will be able to adopt all its policies in Europe 2020.

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