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Annika Hedberg
Annika Hedberg
Senior Policy Analyst
Tel:  +32 (0)2 286.93.75
Twitter: @AnnikaAhtonen

Annika Hedberg is a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) where she leads the Sustainable Prosperity for Europe Programme.

The Programme monitors and analyses developments within Europe’s economy, and discusses how to achieve growth that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. While managing EPC’s work on economic governance, transition to cleaner and smarter Europe, and enablers for change (including single market and digital agenda), she specialises in the internal dimension of the EU’s Energy Union, climate action, circular economy and smarter use of resources. 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 based 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.

Internal Responsibilities

Coordinating EPC activities related to health, energy, climate and environmental policies within the EU

Area of expertise

European political economy, energy, climate, environmental issues, and health policy


English, Finnish

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Public appearances and Acknowledgments

Germany's Energiewende
12 March 2018

A shorter version of Annika Hedberg's paper on Germany's Energiewende has been included in a special issue on the topic published by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (available in English and in German).

Energy perspectives
9 March 2018

Annika Hedberg spoke at an ‘EU Day’-seminar organised by the Finnish Energy about EU’s energy policy and objectives in a wider policy context, considering the interlinkages with climate, transport, environment and circular economy and the importance of a comprehensive approach.

Water and agriculture
20 February 2018

Annika Hedberg moderated a high-level discussion with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Ken Ash, OECD Trade and Agriculture Director and Esperanza Orellana Moraleda, Director General of Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, at a "Pathways to policy change on water in agriculture event, organised jointly by OECD and the European Commission.

United or divided?
2 February 2018

Annika Hedberg reflected on the state of unity in the Union, in European values and the EU's objectives in a 'Europe of values' seminar that brought together a diverse group of thinkers and doers organised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Brussels bubble
29 November 2017

Annika Hedberg spoke to a group of LLM students at Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, about the EU ecosystem and career possibilities in Brussels.

Future prospects for European agriculture
8 November 2017

Annika Hedberg contributed to an expert workshop that tested and discussed a future scenario for European agriculture, organised by IDDRI (Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales).

Going beyond energy savings - lighting and well-being
11 October 2017

Annika Hedberg moderated a discussion in the European Parliament on lighting and well-being in buildings. The event was hosted by MEP Peter Liese, and organised by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Lighting Europe.

Mentoring start-ups
26 September 2017

Annika Hedberg participated at Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp as a mentor, providing reflections and suggestions on next steps for a number of science teams that had invented products for addressing, for example, global health, energy and climate challenges. These teams, made of research based innovators, were finalists in the Helsinki Challenge competition. 

Impacts of Brexit for climate and energy
20 June 2017

On 20 June 2017, Annika Hedberg spoke at the Eurochambres Energy & Environment Committee meeting about the impacts of Brexit for the EU’s Energy Union and for the UK’s climate and energy agenda.

The EU’s multiple crises
12 October 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke to a Finland Chamber of Commerce delegation about the EU’s many crises and challenges, their impact and needed action.

Health is wealth, health is strength
29 June 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke in the closing panel of the European Health Parliament, as a member of the jury, about taking health considerations into account across sectors and policies, and related challenges and benefits.

Annika was invited to join the European Health Parliament jury, with Giovanni La Via, Chairman of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee, Xavier Prats-Monné, Director General of the European Commission, Philippe de Backer, State Secretary in the Belgian federal government, Juraj Sykora from Council of the EU, Roberto Bertollini from WHO and Nicola Bedlington from European Patients Forum, and evaluate the work of the young health professionals in their five committees on climate change & healthcare, migration and health challenges, digital skills for the healthcare professionals, prevention & self-care, and anti-microbial resistance.

Brexit and implications for climate and energy policies
24 June 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke to representatives of five Danish regional offices about the UK referendum, the implications for the UK and the EU, including for climate and energy policies.

Capacity Mechanisms
23 June 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke in a panel at BUSINESSEUROPE about capacity mechanisms, related concerns and needed measures.

Circular Economy
10 May 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke at the PRIMA Conference ‘What lurks behind the trees – a different decade ahead for paper, print and packaging’ in Vienna, Austria about the potential with the circular economy, needed action and the challenges that remain to be addressed if the EU is serious about achieving a more sustainable European economy.

Impact of diets on climate, environment and health
20 April 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke about the impacts of diets, specifically meat production and consumption, on climate, environment and health at the European Health Parliament, which is a platform of 80 young health professionals.

Smarter approach to energy investments
5 April 2016

Annika Hedberg was invited to contribute to a discussion on a 'Gas to Power in South East Europe' study, financed by the Western Balkans Investment Framework and implemented by the World Bank in cooperation with the Energy Community, at DG NEAR in the European Commission. 

Climate Justice
2 March 2016

Annika Hedberg moderated a session on climate justice landscape after Paris at a workshop on 'Balancing responsibility and solidarity in international climate negotiations', organised by Climate Strategies and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

State of play with EU’s climate and energy policies
23 February 2016

Annika Hedberg gave a keynote speech at the European Energy Network meeting about the latest developments with the EU’s climate and energy policies, and reflected on the measures needed to achieve a transition to a more sustainable European economy and energy systems.

EU and the water challenge
22 February 2016

EPC’s recent Issue Paper on ‘REACHING FOR BLUE GOLD - How the EU can rise to the water challenge while reaping the rewards’, co-authored by Annika Hedberg, Romain Pardo, Andrea Frontini and Toutia Daryoush, featured in the ‘Analysis’ section of the website of the European Union Global Strategy.

State of the Union
20 January 2016

Annika Hedberg spoke to a group of Finnish business leaders about the state of the EU and scenarios for the future, at a meeting organized by the Finland Chamber of Commerce.

Reducing emissions from road transport
19 January 2016

Annika Hedberg moderated a workshop on ‘Intelligent Transport Systems and the Connected Car’ and participated in a panel discussion that reflected on the findings of the 'Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge' initiative, that brought stakeholders together to discuss different ways of reducing CO2 emissions from road transport.

Climate and energy
13 January 2016

Annika Hedberg and Mark Johnston spoke with a group of MA European Culture and Economy students from Ruhr-Universität Bochum about the state of play with EU’s climate and energy policies.


Outcomes of COP21
15 December 2015

Annika Hedberg spoke about the outcomes of the Paris Conference at Hanns Seidel Stiftung’s event “COP21: Southeast Asia, China and Europe for Climate Action”.

Debate on COP21
2 December 2015

From 2-3 December, Annika Hedberg moderated an online debate at debates.eu on COP21 with Jo Leinen, MEP and a former chair of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee; Molly Walsh, climate justice and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe and Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General of Eurochambres.

Paths towards a sustainable EU economy
25 November 2015

Annika Hedberg was quoted in the European Commission Joint Research Centre's eco-industries foresight studyPaths towards a sustainable EU economy: Sustainable transitions and the potential of eco-innovation for jobs and economic development in EU eco-industries 2035.


EU-India Think tank Conference
2 November 2015

From 2-3 November, Annika Hedberg participated and moderated a session in an EU-India Think Tank Conference in New Delhi, India. The Conference was organised in cooperation with the EU-Asia Centre (EUAC), the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). It was part of an initiative that aims at promoting interaction between the leading Indian and European think tanks, under the EU-funded project "EU Public Diplomacy in India and the SAARC", implemented by DAI. 

Local fuels
30 September 2015

Annika Hedberg participated in a conference “European Energy Future: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Fuels” in Tallinn, Estonia.

EU Priorities
18 September 2015

Annika Hedberg spoke with a group of politicians from the Regional Authority of Region Skåne on the state of the play in the EU, current policy priorities and developments in the health arena.

Bio-energy in Europe
20 August 2015

Annika Hedberg met with a team from Seoul Womens' University from South Korea to discuss the prospects and challenges of bioenergy in Europe.

EU Climate Diplomacy
15 July 2015

Annika Hedberg participated in a workshop 'EU climate diplomacy toolbox' on 15 July at the EEAS. The workshop contributed to a project 'Supporting the Development of EU Climate Diplomacy Narratives', commissioned by the European Commission and coordinated by VUB, ODI and Adelphi. 

EU reflections
19 June 2015

Annika Hedberg participated in a breakfast meeting at Skåne European Office.

Meeting with Council trainees
15 June 2015

Annika Hedberg participated in a careers event for trainees at the Council of the European Union.

Using ITS to reduce emissions from road transport
10 June 2015

Annika Hedberg moderated a workshop that looked at the potential of new technologies and ITS solutions in reducing emissions, and the role of policies and other enablers in realising the benefits. The workshop was organised as a part of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) initiative on 'Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge'.

Engaging in Europe
2 June 2015

Annika Hedberg spoke at Scotland Europe’s event about the EPC’s role in the Brussels’ ecosystem, and work in the energy, climate and environment fields.

Reducing emissions from road transport
16 April 2015

Annika Hedberg moderated a workshop on the contribution of new ITS technologies to reducing emissions, which was organised as part of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) initiative on “Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge”.

EU’s Energy Union
24 March 2015

Annika Hedberg spoke in a panel discussion on “A European Energy Union: challenges and opportunities ahead” at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU).

Playing with scenarios
23 February 2015

Annika Hedberg participated as an expert in testing European Commission’s (DG Joint Research Centre) scenario game, which has been developed on the basis of a foresight study on eco-industries. The game aims to provide a platform to help participants, be it policy-makers, business, public sector or civil society, to engage in future oriented systemic thinking. It hopes to support strategic development and encourage stakeholders to prepare for and explore the possibilities and challenges with issues related to sustainability under different framework conditions.

European environmental and maritime policies
3 February 2015

Annika Ahtonen and Andrea Frontini briefed a delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway about EU environmental and maritime policies.

EU’s climate and energy policy
22 January 2015

Annika Hedberg delivered a keynote speech about EU’s climate and energy policies, reflecting also on European Commission’s plans and priorities in this field, at the National Power and Electricity Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

Global megatrends
14 January 2015

Annika Hedberg participated in an EPC-hosted Committee meeting of the European Environment Agency (EEA) on global megatrends.

Health and Migration
16 October 2014

Annika Hedberg spoke about migrants in the European health sector to the National Contact Points on Integration, in a meeting organized by the European Commission.

Global Megatrends - potential implications for Europe
3 October 2014

Annika Hedberg attended an Advisory Group meeting on global megatrends at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen.

New European Commission: shift in priorities and implications?
1 October 2014

Annika Hedberg spoke to the Industrial Affairs Committee at BusinessEurope about the new Commission structure, shift in priorities and implications for energy, climate, environment, research & innovation, and industrial policy.

Energy and Climate: What is the New European Commission Thinking?
30 September 2014

Annika Hedberg's Commentary 'Energy and Climate: What is the New European Commission Thinking?' was published on the website of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) in Zürich, Switzerland.

Energy, climate and environmental policy: challenges ahead
17 September 2014

Annika Hedberg spoke to experts of the Federation of Norwegian Industries. She considered the priorities for environment, energy and climate policies, recent developments, controversies and their impacts on these policy areas.

Towards a Greener World?
16 September 2014

Annika Hedberg spoke at the conference 'Asia and Europe Working Together' on 16 September 2014. The panel discussion on Together for a Greener World looked at the possibilities for cooperation on smarter use of resources and non-traditional security challenges related to food, water energy and climate change, how important these themes are to domestic constituencies in Asia and Europe, and what role the ASEM could play in bringing the different interests together.

Meeting challenges with water
9 September 2014

Annika Hedberg was invited to participate as an expert and as a stakeholder in a dialogue on benchmarking of water quality and services, organised by the European Commission on 9 September 2014.

Blue Gold
31 March 2014

Annika Ahtonen spoke about EPC's Blue Gold project on managing the water challenge in and outside the EU as well as about the study trip to Israel to representatives of the Jewish National Fund KKL-JNF.

Water innovations
15 February 2014

Annika Ahtonen headed a delegation of participants involved with the Blue Gold project to a study trip to Israel, from 15 to 19 February 2014. The study trip was organised by the Jewish National Fund KKL-JNF. During the trip, the delegation learned about and discussed water-related innovations as well as the prospects for water cooperation across borders.

13 December 2013

Annika Ahtonen participated as an expert in a foresight workshop on eco-industries, which was organised by a Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on 11-12 December.

Translating research into innovative health policy
3 December 2013

Annika Ahtonen moderated a panel discussion at the EUREGHA Conference on 'Governance of Research for Regional Health Strategies' on 3 December. The discussion looked at the role of regions in translating research into smarter health policy, and ways to prioritise and evaluate health research.

EU health policy and the winds of change
28 November 2013

On 28 November, Annika Ahtonen spoke to the Regional Executive Committee of Skåne about the impacts of the economic crisis and demographic change on the EU's health policy.

Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?
24 October 2013

In his new book, Anthony Giddens, former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a member of the House of Lords, quotes Annika Ahtonen's Policy Brief on Economic governance: helping European healthcare systems to deliver better health and wealth?

Europe's Quest for Energy Security
22 July 2013

Annika Hedberg's article 'Europe's Quest for Energy Security: tackling the international an external challenges', which she published in Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's Panorama in 2011 was referred to in 'Schutte Segurança energética e mudanças climáticas na União Europeia', an article by Prof. Dr. Giorgio Romano from the Universidade Federal do ABC.

25 June 2013

Annika Ahtonen participated as an expert in a workshop on eco-industries, which was organised by a Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on 24-25 June. These workshops are part of a foresight study on eco-industries, which aims to look at how eco-industries could best contribute to meeting the EU's objectives on sustainability, resource efficiency, growth and jobs in the future.

Shale gas
8 March 2013

On 8 March, Annika Ahtonen spoke about the shale 'revolution' and its implications for the EU at the informal policy planners' meeting on "Energy and Security: the shale 'revolution'". The meeting was organised by the European Union Institute for Security Studies and the European Union External Action Service.

Think Global - Act European
5 March 2013

Annika Ahtonen and Andrea Frontini contributed to the Think Global - Act European (TGAE) project with a policy paper on Meeting Europe's resource challenge within and beyond EU borders. The TGAE project is directed by Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute, bringing together 16 European think tanks.

European energy policy
23 January 2013

On 23 January, Annika Ahtonen spoke about 'European energy policy: short and medium-term energy scenarios for Europe' at a training course, which was organised by French Institute for Advanced Studies for Science and Technology (IHEST).

Care in times of crisis
22 November 2012

Annika Ahtonen helped to moderate a Red Cross Conference on Social care in times of crisis, which was held in Brussels on 15 November.

Developments with the EU’s health policy
24 October 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke to the directors of Swedish regional county councils on 15 October about recent developments with the EU’s health policy and also how regions and municipalities are affected by EU activities.

Healthy ageing
9 October 2012

Annika Ahtonen moderated a discussion about ‘Healthy ageing and acting for innovation at regional and local level’ at the Open Days, at the 10th European Week of Regions and Cities.

Step up for a stronger Europe!
25 September 2012

EPC President Philippe Maystadt, Policy Analyst Annika Ahtonen and Chief Economist Fabian Zuleeg spoke or moderated at the EESC Conference 'Step up for a stronger Europe!'.

Developing a digital single market with and for consumers
5 September 2012

Annika Ahtonen moderated a panel discussion on Building the European digital single market with and for consumers, organised as a part of the XXII Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland. The panelists included Lech Walesa, Former President of Poland, Meglena Kuneva, former European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and Chair of EPC’s Governing Board, Roza Thun, Member of the European Parliament, Jorgen Bang-Jensen, Chief Executive Officer of PLAY and Lidia Kozłowska, Deputy President of Poland's Office of Electronic Communications.

Demographic change in Europe – possibilities and challenges
10 July 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke about the challenges and possibilities related to demographic change at the Caritas Summer University in Leuven.

Resource efficiency – Europe as innovator?
13 June 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke at the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Summer Academy about the possibilities and challenges related to creating a more resource-efficient Europe.

Turning ecological crisis and ageing society into sources of growth
22 May 2012

Annika Ahtonen gave a presentation at Procter & Gamble about to major challenges that affect Europe’s economic environment today: ecological crisis and demographic change, and how they could be turned into possibilities for growth.

Healthy, active ageing
4 May 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke at a seminar European Year of Active Ageing: A Common Dialogue for Generations, Society and Economy in Bratislava, Slovakia about the importance of active - and healthy – ageing, the impacts of demographic change on our healthcare systems and needed changes.

Energy and Health
17 April 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke about the impacts of energy policy and choices on health to a group of journalists at a seminar 'Boosting Energy for Sustainable Development', which was hosted by the European Journalism Centre.

9 March 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke about developments with the EU’s innovation policy at the JADE International Congress on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Resource efficiency
31 January 2012

Annika Ahtonen spoke at the Workshop ‘Creating a resource-efficient Europe - a new source of growth?’ at the Annual Think Dialogue co-organised by the EPC.

Europe’s Quest for Energy Security - Tackling the Internal and External Challenges
13 September 2011

Annika Ahtonen wrote an article entitled ‘Europe’s Quest for Energy Security - Tackling the Internal and External Challenges’ published in Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's Journal called 'Panorama. Insights into Asian and European Affairs' in June/July 2011.

Energising Europe
15 October 2010

Annika Ahtonen gave a presentation on EU’s energy policy at the 12th East-Asia–Europe Think Tank Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea.

Greening Europe?
26 May 2010

Annika Ahtonen spoke at the CIRFS 60th Anniversary Conference  on environmental policy-making in Europe, and the challenges with some of the policies and policy instruments, particularly in the European emission trading scheme (EU ETS).