FEPS Weekly Newsletter 4 Nov 2022

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Pact for the future, COP27, US-EU, twin transition and much more!
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Upcoming Events
Preparing for a new global governance and a Pact for the Future
7 November – Online

A UN Summit of the Future to adopt a Pact for the Future with commitments about policy goals will take place in September 2024 and a preparatory process was launched.

To support this process, think tanks worldwide, such as the Washington DC-based Stimson Center are preparing ground-breaking research. FEPS invites you to participate in the presentation of the Stimson Center’s report to embark on the important discussion on new global governance and Pact for the Future.
7 November – Rome, Italy

Due to disinformation, a majority of Europeans believe that the migrant population in the EU is 16% when it is actually less than half that number! It’s just 7%.

FEPS, with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have been jointly working on a research project on disinformation on migration:

📺 Don’t miss our latest material: an animated video on how to fight disinformation in the EU!
📚A series of studies have been produced, in 2020 and 2021. A third one will be ready soon.
COP27 side event:
10 November, Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt)- Hybrid Event

How can a global just transition be financed? Multiple building blocks need to be put into place. First, we need a proper understanding of what the sectoral requirements are in the most challenging geographies, especially in the developing world.

Then, we need to understand how we can use possible financial pathways in the Global North and find partners in the Global South. International financial regulations, requirements, standards and norms have to be aligned with green requirements.

Join this COP27 side event to get more answers to this question!
Implications for US democracy, the EU, and global politics
16 November – Brussels, Belgium

The US mid-term elections in November 2022 look particularly challenging for the Democratic party. They will be 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) will bring 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.
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 β€œThe EU and Northern Africa: together towards a twin transition?”. It will take a deep dive into the EU’s green and digital policies vis-Γ -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 the local level: (smart) cities. The conference capitalises on the political momentum of the Smart City Expo, taking place in Barcelona.
21 November – FEPS HQ, Brussels

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?
3 – 4 November – Vilnius, Lithuania

This conference gathered key experts and stakeholders to discuss what needs to be done to alleviate the societal burden of the extraordinary rise of living costs.

It provided valuable inputs to the progressive forces in the Baltics for further concerted action. In Lithuania and the Baltic region more generally, the inflation shock is one of the highest within the EU.

On this occasion, a new think tank was launched: Solidarumo Institutas. A place to discuss narratives and topics in an open way, something especially relevant in such fast-changing times.
Scientist on high energy prices: not only Russia is to blame, but also companies that sweep record profits

Coverage by Lithunianan broadcaster LRT.lt of the conference ‘Tackling the rise of living costs’, including inputs from the speakers, such as FEPS Director of Studies and Policy David Rinaldi. Read more

Article by FEPS Policy Analyst on Gender Equality Laeticia Thissen on the European Care Strategy recently announced by the European Commission. “The Covid-19 crisis has unearthed a long pre-existing and much deeper care crisis. The EU Care Atlas illustrates the urgent need to look beyond the mere gender pay gap to understand the full extent of gender imbalances (…). Read more
Lula was elected president with a tight result in a divided and polarised Brazil, along with the most center-right Congress since 1988. The economy is stagnant, and expectations are high. His challenge will now be to stabilise democracy, build economic credibility, put Brazil back on the international stage, and reconstruct the environmental and social agenda that was under attack with President Jair Bolsonaro. Read more

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