Monthly Report No. 12/2020


Ambre Maucorps, Roman Römisch and Roman Stöllinger

wiiw Monthly Report No. 12, December 2020
51 pages including 30 Figures

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  • Chart of the month: Economic growth and carbon emissions in CESEE countries 
    by Ambre Maucorps
  • Opinion Corner: Is a carbon border tax a good idea?
    by Roman Stöllinger
    This contribution argues that a carbon border tax is a promising tool to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal. Its implementation would enable the EU to earn a ‘triple dividend’ consisting of support for its ecological transformation, the mitigation of carbon leakage, and the provision of significant new funds for the EU budget.
  • Are we tired of cohesion? 
    by Roman Römisch
    Smaller EU transfers and low investment rates are dampening growth expectations in the EU’s less developed regions. As a consequence, we might soon see the end of the 20-year-long convergence process.
  • The European Green Deal and agriculture: are EU regional farming systems ready for the green transition?
    by Ambre Maucorps
    The European Green Deal calls on the farming sector to become more carbon efficient and environmentally friendly. Even though the majority of EU countries have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture over the past three decades, only a few regions have a proper sustainability-oriented agriculture. The green transition is expected to be particularly problematic for the farming systems of Eastern European regions.
  • Monthly and quarterly statistics for Central, East and Southeast Europe


Reference to wiiw databases: wiiw Annual Database, wiiw Monthly Database

Keywords: economic growth, carbon emissions, EU emissions trading system, carbon leakage, carbon border tax, EU cohesion policy, investment rates, economic convergence, European Green Deal, regional farming systems, Farm to Fork Strategy

Countries covered: CESEE, EU-CEE, European Union

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Regional Development, Sectoral studies