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The EU Climate Law: a legislation for net-zero emissions?

datum 9 maart 2020 - 12:30
organisatie Friends of Europe


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12.30 13.00

Registration of participants and light lunch

13.00 14.00

The EU Climate Law: a legislation for net-zero emissions? Expand The EU Climate Law: a legislation for net-zero emissions?

As part of the 50+ ideas of the Green Deal that will have to be transformed into concrete actions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the EU Climate Law is the boldest. It will aim to enshrine in legislation a target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and making it irreversible for member states. Passing the target into law means that actions going against it can theoretically be taken through the judicial system. In its design, it will be significant that the law is implemented in an economically and socially balanced way, providing predictability for investors and other actors.

Questions include:

  • Is the EU Climate Law enough to tackle the climate crisis across the continent?
  • What implications will the EU Climate Law have on businesses?
  • Is it only a statement of intent or will it truly transform our economy?


Clara de la Torre

Deputy Director-General at the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action

Luca de Carli, is replaced by Clara de la Torre who has kindly made herself available to share her senior expertise on this occasion.


Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe


End of the debate



Clara de la Torre

Deputy Director-General at the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action

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Clara de la Torre has held a number of senior positions in the European Commission. In her current portfolio, she is at the forefront of the Commission’s efforts to implement the new EU Climate Law. Before her latest appointment, she served as Director for Transport at the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation as well as the Director for Key Enabling Technologies and Research and Innovation. Prior to her work in the institutions, she was an advisor to the Director of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville.

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