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The Sustainable Prosperity for Europe (SPfE) Programme explores the foundations and drivers for achieving an environmentally sustainable and competitive European economy. 

While the climate crisis is a complex challenge to be addressed, non-action is not an option. Prospering within the planetary boundaries requires rethinking the existing ‘take-make-dispose’ economic model, reducing pollution and being smarter with the resources we have. 

The Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Agenda provide the direction, and the SPfE Programme engages in a debate on the needed measures to achieve a fair transition to an environmentally sustainable economy and society. It focuses on areas where working together across the EU can bring significant benefits to the member states, citizens and businesses, and ensure sustainable prosperity within the limits of this planet.


Steak or survival: Time to reflect on the Europeans’ priorities
By Stefan Sipka - 30/05/2023
Digitalisation / DISCUSSION PAPER
Digitalisation: An enabler for the clean energy transition
By Simon Dekeyrel , Melanie Fessler - 31/01/2023
Future of Europe / BOOK
Turning fear into hope
By Herman Van Rompuy , Fabian Zuleeg , Jacki Davis , Janis A. Emmanouilidis - 29/11/2022
Social EU / REPORT
Fair Energy Transition for All - How to get there?
By Laura Rayner , Melanie Fessler - 08/11/2022
Future of Europe / EPC ROUND-UP
Von der Leyen makes big promises, but will they be enough?
By European Policy Centre - 14/09/2022


China / OP-ED
What China's gamble to back Moscow means for EU
Annika Hedberg wrote an op-ed for EUobserver on China's current approach to the war in Ukraine and its implications for EU-China relations.

Read the article here.

What China's gamble to back Moscow means for EU
03 March 2023 - ,
Climate / ARTICLE
The role of European Union policies in accelerating the green transition
Annika Hedberg and Stefan Sipka wrote an article published by Veolia Institute on the EU's role in accelerating the green transition. The authors analysed key EU directives, the European Green Deal objectives, and the challenges and prospects for moving forward.

The article is available in English and in French.

The role of European Union policies in accelerating the green transition
01 March 2023 - ,
Veolia Institute
European Agricultural Policy and Food Security
Annika Hedberg spoke at a panel discussion on ‘European Agricultural Policy and Food Security – Do We Need a Change of Direction?’ with Marlene Mortler, MEP, Member and Rapporteur in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Parliament and Michael Niejahr, Deputy Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development at the European Commission. The discussion focused on global and European food security and the needed measures to make the European food system more resilient and sustainable. The event was organised by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

European Agricultural Policy and Food Security
07 February 2023 - ,
Representation of the Free State of Bavaria and the Hands Seidel Foundation

Mobility / PODCAST

Green mobility in Europe - with Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
On the occasion of the European Mobility Week, our own Annika Hedberg (Head of the Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme) and Stefan Sipka (policy analyst) talked to Vice-President Lilyana Pavlova of the European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the European Union, about the future of green mobility in Europe and the Union’s efforts to decarbonise transport in light of the EU Green Deal.

They discussed how making and encouraging the right investment decisions can drive the climate-neutral transformation of transport; the different actions the EU, and the EIB specifically, have already undertaken and what more could and should be done; and the unexpected ways the Coronacrisis has affected mobility on European roads.

With Annika Hedberg , Rebecca Castermans



Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme

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

Senior Policy Analyst
Circular economy, agriculture and rural development, environmental assessment and public participation
Policy Analyst
EU Internal Energy Market, EU external energy policy, EU-Russia energy relations
Policy Analyst
European Green Deal, just transition, citizen engagement, climate and migration
Programme Assistant
Climate, sustainability, environmental and digital EU policies, international security, human rights

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