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The biannual scientific journal L’Europe en formation invites would-be contributors to submit proposals for a forthcoming thematic issue on the sustainable governance of the European Union, to be published at the beginning of 2022.

Call for Papers: "The Governance of Sustainable Development under the Perspective of the EU Green New Deal and Next Generation EU"



- The European “Green New Deal” and “Next Generation EU”: features, relations, governance
- Does the EU follow a path towards Sustainable Development when recovering from the Covid19 Pandemic?
- Is “Next Generation EU” a “Hamiltonian Moment” for European integration, binding the Member states tightly into a European Federation?
- How does the European Policy relate to other geopolitical initiatives in Asia, America, Africa towards Green development?

When the new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, came into office in summer 2019, she launched an ambitious “European Green New Deal” project, placing the fight against climate change, protection of biodiversity, digitalisation and in a broader sense sustainable development at the heart of EU policies. Just when the project took shape, the COVID-19-pandemic broke out and required itself the attention and action of the EU: “Next Generation EU” is the equally ambitious recovery programme the EU put on track from May 2020 on.

In our next issue of CIFE’s journal, L’Europe en formation, we would like to analyse these thematics.
Papers are welcome to analyse how these two projects relate to each other. Is “Next Generation EU” marked by a strategy, which places recovery — understood as renewed growth — above all and relegates the “Green New Deal” to ‘better times’? Or are they positively linked in a mutually reinforcing way, is “Next Generation EU” aiming at a ‘Green Recovery,’ supporting and accelerating the transition to sustainable development in Europe?
We would also like to analyse their features, relations, governance and investigate whether “Next Generation EU” can be qualified a “Hamiltonian Moment” for European integration, referring to the creation of a US Central Bank and the takeover of member states debts by the federal level, thus binding the states tightly into the Federation. 
Finally, papers may take a geopolitical perspective and compare EU policy with other global and regional initiatives in America, Asia, Africa towards Green development.

As guidelines, the thematic could be addressed by covering the following questions: 

Does the EU follow a path towards Sustainable Development when recovering from the Covid-19 Pandemic?

(1) What is the European Green New Deal? Which are its objectives? How should it be put into practice? Is this “Green New Deal” an all-embracing, a holistic concept, as ‘Sustainable Development’ is? Is it about Sustainable Development? Or is it only “Green,” i.e. oriented towards ‘environment’ (wide enough, but not holistic)? Or is it even less ambitious, aiming at stalling climate change: the overall objective is to make Europe the “first climate-neutral continent” in the world, by 2050?

(2) Why is the turn to the Green New Deal a “shift,” or a “transition”? What was the dominant EU objective until 2019? Which role did Sustainable Development play before the launch of the Green New Deal? How comes that the EU took this step? Why did it change its objectives? Which were the causes and drivers, which explain the turn to Sustainable Development?

(3) What is Next Generation EU? Which are its aims and objectives? What means “recovery” exactly – back to the pre-crisis economic performance? … or a shift towards other objectives, closer to the “Green New Deal” goals? How did “Next Generation EU” come about? Who launched it, who was opposed, who in favour? Who succeeded in shaping the programme? How was an agreement finally reached?

(4) “Next Generation EU” itself came nearly at the same time, when the new seven-year “Multi-Annual Financial Framework” (MFF) had to be elaborated, shaped, and decided upon (to be put into practice from 1/2021 on) – how were these two negotiations linked? The combined decisions about the recovery programme (“Next Generation EU”) and the MFF had to be taken in the second semester of 2020 – how did that work? How were the decisions made possible?

(5) Does “Next Generation EU” confirm the shift/transition towards Sustainable Development? Or does it rather emphasize the economic recovery from the pandemic?


The European “Green New Deal” and “Next Generation EU”: features, relations, governance

(6) Which are the governance mechanisms, structures and procedures for implementing the Green New Deal? Who, in the Commission, is responsible for the implementation of the Green New Deal? What is the role of the member states? How are they involved in the implementation, management, spending of the funds (“Green Deal Investment Plan” and “Just Transition Fund”)? Who controls the implementation?

(7) What is the Just Transition Fund? How much money is in the Fund? Who pays, who benefits, and why? What are the objectives, and when should they be met? Who decides about distributing the Fund? Which are the mechanisms of governance provided for the management of the Fund?

(8) How is the governance, management, implementation, control of the “Green New Deal” and “Next Generation EU” related? Is it the same structure/procedure for both or are there parallel governance files?

Is “Next Generation EU” a “Hamiltonian Moment” for European integration, binding the Member states tightly into a European Federation?

(9) “Next Generation EU” has been qualified a “Hamiltonian Moment” for European integration, referring to the creation of a US Central Bank and the takeover of member states debts by the federal level, thus binding the states tightly into the Federation – is the historical comparison appropriate? Or what else does it mean for the EU to have this “Next Generation EU” fund?

Relationship between the European Green New Deal and other geopolitical initiatives towards Green development? 

(10) How is this Green New Deal connected with the international commitments of the EU, namely the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals” (to be reached in 2030), or the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2015), or other international commitments, e.g. regarding biodiversity and development of poorer countries?

(11) What is the (US-)American “Green New Deal”? Who is the driver, manager, organizer? Which is the relation between civil society, states/federation? Which is the approach of the Biden administration to Sustainable Development/Climate change? 

(12) What is the Chinese concept of an “Ecological Civilisation”? Is it comparable to the “Green New Deal” in Western understanding? Is it a Chinese translation/adaptation of Sustainable Development or an original concept? How does the South Korean “Green New Deal” work? Why is it relatively advanced? Which are its features in terms of governance?

Contributions are accepted from researchers and practitioners from all fields of social sciences, and can be written in English or French. Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged, as well as theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches.
Proposals (in English or French) should be submitted by 31 May 2021, to the chief editor and the co-ordinator of the thematic issue, at the following address:

Proposals should include the title of the proposed article, a brief presentation (500 words), and the CV of the author separately.

Proposals will be submitted to the editors of the thematic issue. Once the proposal is accepted, the article should be submitted before 15 October 2021. Once received, each article will be submitted to a blind peer-review procedure.

It will be published at the beginning of 2022 issue (expected month of publication: March).
The papers, of 5,000 to 10,000 words in length (including footnotes and excluding bibliography), may be written in English or French. An abstract of 150 words should be added to the article (with a translation in the other language if possible), as well as a brief presentation of the author (100 words).


Sino-European relations

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2021

Relations with China are of increased significance for the EU. The realisation of the Belt and Road Initiative has created both opportunities and challenges for Brussels in its effort to benefit by investments and liquidity but also achieve a level playing field in negotiations with Beijing. The launch of the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy mirrors the European interest to maximise benefits and minimise risks. New uncertainties generated by policies of US President Donald Trump have also led the EU to employ a balanced approach. The purpose is to smoothly navigate between American security demands and Chinese technological attraction. The EU toolbox to secure 5G networks constitutes a remarkable example.

This special issue of L’Europe en formation seeks to join the debate on Sino-European relations and discuss previous tendencies and future perspectives by also taking into account the impact of the ongoing pandemic..
Themes of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Experiences from the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in EU-member states
  • The EU screening mechanism
  • The EU and security in South China Sea or in the Korean Peninsula
  • Chinese responses to EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy
  • The EU-China Investment Agreement
  • The impact of US President Donald Trump’s Presidency on Sino-European relations
  • The challenge of 5G networks and the triangle of EU-US-China
  • The 17+1 Initiative and Sino-European relations

Articles should be around 6000 words long. They can be written in French or English. The deadline for submission is 31 March 2021 (publication due in summer 2021). 
Proposals for contribution should be sent to: and


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