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Beyond Copenhagen ‘Special Week’ coverage on climate change


09 Dec 2009


Climate & Environment

EurActiv, the independent media portal specialised in EU policies, is running special coverage on the UN climate change conference currently taking place in Copenhagen. The special coverage will cover the two weeks of the conference, from 7 to 18 December.

The special coverage will feature regular updates on the state of advancement in negotiations by Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, who will report from the high-level segment of the conference in Copenhagen, from 15 to 18 December.

Whatever the outcome in Copenhagen, fighting climate change will be one of the key priorities of the European Union in the coming decade as part of the EU’s ‘2020 strategy’. In a symbolic move, Commission President José Manuel Barroso recently handed a new ‘Climate Action’ portfolio to Danish Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard, who is hosting the Copenhagen talks.

EurActiv’s special coverage will feature an update on the science behind climate change. We are also taking a look at the economic argument behind the international drive to curb global warming emissions, and have published a new policy briefing (LinksDossier) on the issue: Economics of climate change.

The Special Week also features an interview with Stavros Dimas, EU environment commissioner in charge of climate change policies: Dimas calls for global climate treaty by June 2010 [FR] [DE]

Among others who will be interviewed is Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther, director of the Norwegian Polar Institute.

The special week coverage features in EurActiv’s ‘Climate Change’ section, which is supported by Enel and First Solar. The section is available free of charge in three languages at the following address: [FR] [DE]

Other policy sections are also relevant to climate change, including: 

-        Energy efficiency [FR] [DE]

-        Sustainable Development [FR] [DE]

-        Environment [FR] [DE]

Media contacts:

Frédéric Simon, Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.78,

Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, Managing Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.69, 

Christophe Leclercq, Publisher,, Tel. +32(0),

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