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Monday, 10. May 2021 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Save in my calendar

Online conference

Sustainably recovering from the pandemic

The European Green Deal – Think Locally

The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on Europe's economy, health systems and democracy is enormous. In terms of European policy it will now be important to shape the economic construction in Europe in a socially and ecologically sustainable way. The policy fields of climate, energy, environment, digitalisation as well as economy, labour and social affairs must be thought together in the European Green Deal and shaped in such a way that social cohesion in Europe is strengthened. Germany, as the most populous and economically strongest country, will have to play a central role in this tour de force. The EU's ability to act will continue to depend largely on the German government's will to act. The Annual Conference on European Policy 2021 of the Heinrich Böll Foundation will therefore focus on the question of which European policy priorities the new German government should and must set after the federal elections in autumn 2021.
At this year's annual conference on European policy, which will also take place online, European representatives from politics, science, political consultancy and civil society will analyse and discuss the current crisis and appropriate strategies to overcome it. 
The focus is on the local dimension of the European Green Deal. 
In many places, municipalities are seen as the new bearers of hope. Initiatives at the local level are already making a difference in many areas and are seen as potential drivers of the socio-ecological transformation, be it in the energy transition, sustainable mobility and infrastructure or in public space. We want to let some initiatives have their say and present good examples from practice that show the way forward and provide inspiration for imitation.


  • Rasmus Andresen, MEP, EFA/Greens, Brussels
  • Dr. Franziska Brantner, German MP, Alliance90/The Greens, Berlin
  • Annika Hedberg, Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme, European Policy Centre, Brussels
  • Dirk Holemans, Co-president of the Green European Foundation GEF, Brussels
  • Benedek Jávor, Representative of the City of Budapest, Brussels/Budapest
  • Ares Kalandides, Professor of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
  • Phoebe Koundouri, Professor, University of Economics and Business, Athens
  • Audrey Mathieu, EU Climate Policy Officer, Head of Berlin Office, Germanwatch, Berlin
  • Neil Makaroff, European Policy Officer, Reseau Action Climat, Paris
  • Bozena Ryszawska, Professor, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Wroclaw
  • Claude Turmes, Minister for Energy and Spatial Planning Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Dr. Ellen Ueberschär, President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
  • Sanna Vesikansa, Deputy Mayor, for Social Services and Health Care, Helsinki 


Time: Monday, 10 May 2020, 14.00 – 19.00 CEST as an online conference

Conference languages:
English/German with simultaneous translation


Project Leadership: 

Dr. Christine Pütz,
Senior Programme Officer, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 285 34 -391


Miriam Hanke,
Independent Project Manager, Berlin,
Telephone +49 (0)30 48829612

Claudia Rothe,
Project Manager, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 285 34-385


The technical requirements for participating in the event are a computer, tablet or smartphone with a speaker, and depending on the event (with audience participation) optionally a camera or headset required. Online events will be held using the Zoom software, which will provide a link for participating. The access link will be provided a day prior and 2 hrs prior to the event. The event will be recorded.

On first using Zoom, this access link will initiate the download of the client software ("Zoom-launcher.exe"). This software must be executed or installed (recommended) on your computer. For using the different translation channels, the download of the app/the program is obligatory, also please make sure to have the newest ZOOM update. "Join via browser" does not offer translations. 

Please join the event a few minutes before its start time.

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