FEPS Weekly Newsletter 18 Nov 2022

📅FEPS Weekly Newsletter
COP27, Climate & digital transitions, energy, Call to Europe, US-EU, Next Left and more!
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Upcoming Events
21 November – Barcelona, Spain

This public conference in Barcelona by FEPS and the Rafael Campalans Foundation will analyse the Twin Transition from both a global and a local perspective.

The event is composed of two panels:
  • The first launches the Policy Study by FEPS and United Nations University “The EU and Northern Africa: together towards a Twin Transition?”. It will take a deep dive into the EU’s green and digital policies vis-à-vis North Africa: has the EU been able to unite the two successfully? And what about Northern Africa? Is there an alignment and tangible impact that is necessary to tackle the global problem of climate change?
  • The second panel will instead zoom in on the local level: (smart) cities. The conference capitalises on the political momentum of the Smart City Expo, taking place in Barcelona.
21 November – Brussels, Belgium

Energy prices are soaring. The risk of poverty is increasing. Millions of Europeans already live in energy poverty, struggling to pay bills and live a decent life. While the Russian Federation’s horrific invasion of Ukraine has shifted the geopolitics of decarbonization, the EU’s ambitions to tackle the structural causes of energy poverty and accelerate the transition to renewable energy are under threat.

SOLIDAR, FEPS, Social Platform, and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are hosting a roundtable to ask: What can the EU do to rapidly respond to the needs of the energy crisis without sacrificing the just energy transition?
21 November – Madrid, Spain

On Monday, 21 November, FEPS, together with ThinkYoung and the Felipe González Foundation will present the report ‘Builders of Progress: Europe’s NextGen’ in Madrid. The report reveals the political views of Millennials and Generation Z in 11 European countries. It is based on the most comprehensive survey on the subject, collecting 19,000 responses from young Europeans aged 16-38.

During the event, we will explore the many topics covered in the report, as well as an accompanying factsheet summarising the study’s key findings on Spain.
28 November – Prague, Czech Republic

EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, will be one of the speakers of this new edition of Call to Europe that will take place in Prague, organised by FEPS, Masarykova Demokratická Akademie, and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

It will bring together policymakers, academic experts, and activists to discuss not only the current crisis of living costs and the state of play for Social Europe, but also how European social and economic policy should be shaped so that all Europeans can have a decent quality of life.

Prior to the public conference, FEPS member foundations are invited to join a discussion on social democracy in central and Eastern Europe, followed by a closed-door roundtable on the energy crisis.
Implications for US democracy, the EU, and global politics
16 November – Brussels, Belgium

The US mid-term elections that took place on November 8 are crucial to define the state of democracy in the US, its influence and ability to shape international politics.

In the context of rising polarisation, how to interpret the outcome of the mid-term elections, and what are the implications for US internal politics and external relations?

To analyse this, FEPS and the German Marshall Fund (GMF) brought together leading European and US experts and policymakers at the State of the Unions conference, a platform to promote better coordination and collaboration between the transatlantic partners.

📺 Watch our speaker’s comments on the U.S mid-terms election here.
📸 Check the Flickr album of the event.

🧵 Read the State of the Unions Twitter thread.
21 November – Brussels, Belgium

The Next Left Lecture and strategic colloquium are the new features of one of the longest-existing FEPS initiatives, the Next Left Research Programme. The latter has been run since 2009 with the support of Renner Institute and many other FEPS members, with the same ambition to contribute to progressive thinking, propose innovative paths, and help reinforcement of social democrats on the local, regional, and national, European and global levels.
Building resilient democracies
By Dominic Afscharian and Marius S. Ostrowski

From 11 May to 6 July 2021, the Progressive Alliance hosted four regional expert exchanges among a number of high-level political stakeholders, focused on Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. These exchanges dealt with key questions around how best to foster resilient democracies in the 21st century.

This policy study summarises the essential takeaways from these exchanges. It analyses the main concerns, as expressed in response to the several guiding questions. It formulates a number of recommendations that progressive democrats around the world should engage with in order to be better prepared for both current and future global challenges to democratic systems. Read more

A FEPS delegation was present at COP27, with the strategic objectives of mobilizing climate finance for a global just transition.

This year the conference of the parties was animated by a fear of back-sliding regarding the 1.5-degree target outlined in the Paris Agreement, and an increased presence of oil and gas lobbyists by over 25%. Meanwhile, it has been ascertained by a new Oxfam report that landmass five times the size of India would be required for reforestation to keep abreast of current climate targets.

“We do not have the necessary climate strategy to face the problem”, she reminded the audience at FEPS side event. “There are three priorities that emerge from this discourse: establish a global budgetary policy; outline a global taxation solution; scrapping subsidies on fossil fuels and deepening discussions on global taxonomy to steer financing in the right direction.” Read more

📺 Watch FEPS side event here
🧵 Read the Twitter thread
▶️ Maria João Rodrigues video message from COP27

Article by Pau Solanilla, Director of Fundació Rafael Campalans, ahead of the FEPS-Campalans event ‘Figuring out the Twin Transition’ Read more
For a new global deal
By Céline Charveriat

Attending a conference of the UN climate change negotiations is always an experience of cognitive dissonance. Sharm El Sheik, an Egyptian version of Las Vegas, purpose-built for cars and mass tourism, provides a stark illustration of the inherent contradiction plaguing the climate talks: changing everything while changing nothing.

Our increasingly unstable economic, political and social system, based on the exploitation of resources and the myth of trickle-down economics, is failing people, the planet and prosperity – in Sharm El Sheikh and everywhere else. Read more

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