On september 26 an Expert Dialogue will be organised to engage in the discussion on the EU’s attempts to enhance the goal of sustainability through its international trade measures in the field of energy policies. Particular attention will be paid to the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) for 2021-2030. By discussing the external implications and tensions arising from RED II, the Dialogue explores normative and pragmatic dilemmas underlying the EU’s commitment to sustainability in its external action, and understands some of the key actors and processes through which those tensions are created and also mitigated. Questions of compatibility with international trade law and complex regime interactions will also be addressed.
Read more about the background of the expert dialogue (PDF).
13.15-14.00 - Lunch for participants
14.00-14.30 - Dr Urszula Jaremba & Dr Natalie Dobson (Utrecht University): Introduction to the expert dialogue
14.30-15.15 - Dr Anna Marhold (Leiden University): REDD II in light of WTO rules. Presentation followed by discussion.
15.15-15.45 - Break
15.45-16.30 - Nikolas Giannopoulos LL.M. (Utrecht University): The influence of RED II on foreign direct investment
16.30-17.15 - Dr Barbara Cooreman (Hanover, Brussels): Policy-making perspectives on RED II extraterritorial effects and sustainability concerns
17.15-17.30 - Dr Natalie Dobson (Utrecht University): Closing remarks
17.30-18.30 - Drinks
The Expert Dialogue is co-organized by the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe’s (RENFORCE) research project on the “The EU’s value-based international trade”, and the Utrecht Center for Water Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL).