Greener than expected? EU finance ministries address climate finance

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Climate finance constitutes an integral part of the European Union’s climate policy. Yet, climate policy is increasingly addressed by non-environmental institutions. In examining the transfer of climate finance from the Environment Council to the Council for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) in spring 2009, I analyse how climate finance has been framed in ECOFIN. Two finance ministerial framings quickly became intrinsic to ECOFIN and had a substantial influence on climate finance decisions: securing an effective response to climate change and limiting public expenditure. While policy entrepreneurs managed to build a consensus on most issues around an effective response to climate change, Member States at the October 2009 ECOFIN Council could not agree on a joint position due to some Member States’ emphasis on limiting expenditure. Only the European Council was capable of resolving the issue.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • bureaucratic politics, framing, European Union, climate finance, climate change
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-969
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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First published Online, 06 July 2015

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