Europe walks its talk

The European Union has proposed an impressive budget that 'mainstreams' its climate commitments across funding sectors, but will it reduce carbon emissions, asks Sonja van Renssen.

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Figure 1: The European Union budget proposal for 2014–2020.


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    European Commission A Budget for Europe 2020 — Part II: Policy Fiches (EC, 2011); available via

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    EU Funds in Central and Eastern Europe: Roadmap to Sustainability or Dead-end Investments? (CEE Bankwatch and Friends of the Earth Europe, 2011).

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van Renssen, S. Europe walks its talk. Nature Clim Change 2, 227–228 (2012).

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