Accelerating the transition towards climate neutrality through business and political action – A CEE region perspective




Accelerating the transition towards climate neutrality through business and political action – A CEE region perspective

 Thursday 16 June, 14.00 - 16.00 (CEST) (Online) 


The EU and its Member States are developing policies and measures to reduce energy dependency from Russia, through the RePowerEU plan, and achieve climate objectives, including with the Fit for 55 Package, with key discussions taking place during the upcoming Czech Presidency of the European Council. These policies will have an impact on the CEE region’s ability to accelerate its energy and climate transition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. At the same time, businesses are increasingly recognising the region’s potential, in terms of large-scale renovation, deployment of renewable energy and clean mobility as well as the economic benefits of increased climate action more broadly. 

 In this context, the event will bring together policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives to exchange views on the energy and climate transition in the CEE region.

How can private sector initiatives in the region contribute to make this transition a success?  What policy measures, including within the Fit for 55 Package and RePowerEU plan, should be put in place for the transition and to scale up best business practices? How can the CEE region tap into the economic benefits of the transition? How can social challenges be addressed?  

 In the company of:

 Pavel Zámyslický, Director of Energy and Climate Protection, Ministry of Environment, Czechia

  • Aleksandra Tomczak, Member of cabinet of First Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, European Commission
  • Ada Ámon, Chief Advisor to the Mayor of Budapest on Climate Affairs at Budapest City Hall
  • Eva Malá Beluská , Business Development & Transformation Manager CZ/HU/SK, IKEA
  • Barbara Hafner, Marketing Manager, Knauf Insulation Slovenia
  • Michal Veselý, Chairman of the Board at Change for the Better Association, CMO at JIC Innovation Agency
  • Mariola Domenech, Sustainability Director at ACCIONA Energia
  • Martin Porter, Senior Strategic Advisor, CLG Europe & Executive Chair, CISL Brussels

The event is organised by CLG Europe in cooperation with Change for the Better (Změna k lepšímu). A detailed agenda will be shared shortly.

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CLG Europe develops credible, ambitious positions amongst its membership and deploys effective strategic communications to engage with the highest levels of policy audiences. CLG Europe is diverse in its membership and representative of Europe in both geography and sector, welcoming the innovative talent of SMEs as well as leading established companies. The group works closely with policymakers – particularly the Green Growth Group of EU climate and environment ministers, and supportive Members of the European Parliament through its Green Growth Partnership. The group also maintains a network of sister groups across the EU and works in partnership with some of the largest business-focused organisations in support of climate action as one of the founders of the We Mean Business Coalition, for which it provides the EU policy lead.

 Change for the Better is an initiative that associates entrepreneurs, scientists and citizens who want to actively contribute to a green transformation of the Czech economy. It was established in 2020 during the first wave of coronavirus crisis to ensure that sustainability stays at the forefront of the response to the crisis and the political and business agenda more broadly. It now has over 200 supporters and fifty active members.