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Annika Hedberg
Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme

Annika Hedberg is Head of the Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme and Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC). She joined the EPC in 2010 and over the years has worked on a wide range of policy areas, including climate, energy, environment, health, and industrial transformation. In her role as Head of Programme, she aims to promote discussion on the drivers and foundations for a more sustainable and competitive European economy. This entails heading numerous activities (from projects to events and publications) that make the necessary linkages across sectors and policy areas required for achieving the transition to a more sustainable economy. In this context, she specialises in climate action, circular economy, smarter use of resources, the internal dimension of the EU Energy Union, and industrial transformation. She regularly writes, moderates events and speaks on these topics.
Prior to joining the EPC, she worked at the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, a policy think tank in Helsinki, and at the Finnish Foreign Ministry. She has a LL.M. in Public International Law from the Helsinki University and a BSc in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics.


Sustainable Prosperity for Europe


Digital roadmap for a circular economy, An Industry Action Plan for the EU, Climate and Energy Platform, The Multiannual Financial Framework and National Energy and Climate Plans - A co-creation agenda, Building a climate-resilient Europe

Areas of expertise

Climate, energy, environment, EU budget, sustainable EU, circular economy, smarter use of resources, agriculture, Industrial transformation,  transport

Current positions

Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme


LL.M. in Public International Law, Helsinki University, Finland
BSc in International Relations and History, London School of Economics, UK


English, Finnish



Circular economy / DISCUSSION PAPER
Creating a digital roadmap for a circular economy
By Social Europe & Well-being Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka , Johan Bjerkem - 05/07/2019
Finland in the European Union: Frontrunner or follower?
By Social Europe & Well-being Annika Hedberg , Paul Ivan - 13/11/2018
The next EU budget: firmly rooted in the past?
By Social Europe & Well-being Annika Hedberg - 07/05/2018
Climate & energy / DISCUSSION PAPER
Germany's energy transition: making it deliver
By Social Europe & Well-being Annika Hedberg - 09/10/2017


EU budget / QUOTE
EU budget negotiations
The Finnish Media Yle on the EU budget negotiations quoted Annika Hedberg here

01 December 2019 - ,
EU budget negotiations
Annika Hedberg was interviewed for YLE News (TV) on the EU budget negotiations here

01 December 2019 - ,
Climate & energy targets /
Role of energy in achieving a climate-neutral Europe

Annika Hedberg was invited to act as a commentator at a high-level breakfast debate with the CEOs of Nordic energy companies - Fortum, Statkraft and Vattenfall - at the European Parliament. The discussion focused on the role of energy in achieving a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, and touched upon the current level of climate ambition, the importance of carbon pricing, the need for electrification of economy based on renewables and a fair energy transition.

07 November 2019 - Brussels,

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