As Germany currently holds the EU presidency, the country has a unique opportunity to shape EU policy together with its partners. China has become increasingly aware of the consequences of climate change and is prepared to assume a leading role and take international responsibility in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.
Within this context, the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and the German Energy Agency (dena) organised on the 6th of October 2020 a pivotal event with leading figures and high-ranking guests.
Experts from politics, science and civil society, such as Niels Annen (minister of state at the federal foreign office), Jochen Flasbarth (state secretary at the ministry for environment, nature conversation and nuclear safety), Maria Spyraki (vice-chair, delegation for relations with the people's republic of China, erupean parliament), WU Ken (Chinese ambassador to Germany) talked about the potential of a Chinese-EU alliances for better climate action. Current developments were outlined and discussed, for example the climate and environmental policy priorities of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) as well as crucial topics of green recovery programmes in China and the EU.
Impressions of the event
We have compiled pictures of the event „China and the EU – new alliances for climate action?“.