25 March 2022
The European Union is the first political community to have adopted a holistic approach to tackle climate change, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and especially carbon dioxide.
In the intentions of the European Commission, the process of ecological transition – called the European Green Deal will concretize in the reduction of the CO2 impact, and it will take place in two steps: the first target is to reduce the emissions by 55% by 2030, while the second objective is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
The achievement of these objectives will need the effort and resources of the whole European society, from the administrative to the political level, from companies, industries and social actors to civil society and citizens. We can consider that the European Union is prepared to face this challenge, due to its long-period experience in the enforcement of multilevel governance practices, that have guaranteed, in time, the involvement of the local levels in the implementation of the structural funds, in particular the regional policies and the cohesion ones. Yet, is the EU ready for real collaboration with its citizens?