Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

Jean Monnet Module - EU Environmental Policies & Law (POLLEN)



Next edition - February 11 to 23, 2019 - Brussels





A key aim of our Module is to target a broad audience of students, practitioners and decision-makers from a diversity of fields. In this section, you can read and download the best policy briefs and scientific publications in order to learn more about EU Environmental Policies & Law.



Policy Briefs 2019


Jury's 1st prize - Billy-Ray MURAILLE "Indoor Air is Short of Breath: How Can EU Set a Framework for a Healthy Indoor Air – A Consumer Approach"


Mathilde DE BECKER "Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry: Strengthen the Role of the European Union"


Nina KOIVULA "The Uneasy Role of Waste Incineration in a Circular EU Economy"


Policy Briefs 2018


Jury's 1st prize - Shruti MEHROTA - "Seaweed: Can it Help Accelerate Global Carbon Capturing Efforts?"


Evelyn PAREDES - "The Dead End of our Trash: Plastics in Marine Life"



Policy Briefs 2017


Jury's 1st prize - Abdelfeteh BITAT - "Time for Environmental Regulation to Pave the Way for Eco-Innovation"


Charlotte JANSSENS - "Learning from CDM for Article 6.4 of the Paris Agreement: Delivering on Sustainable Development"


Steve BRAEM - "Tackling Illegal Logging: a Response at the Consumer Level"



Midi de l'Europe seminars in the framework of the POLLEN programe


01/03/2018. "Citizen Participation in the Energy Transition: What Role for the EU?" (13h to 15h - Venue: P61 - Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)



Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Research fellow - European Energy, Notre Europe Institut Jacques Delors. Mr. Pellerin-Carlin will present the objectives of the Clean Energy Package, with an emphasis on the role of citizens.

Frédéric Boyer, Head of Office, Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Mr. Boyer will present the Covenant of Mayors and discuss how local authorities can empower citizens in the energy transition.

Dirk Vansintjan, Rescoop Europe, Director. Mr. Vansintjan will present ‘rescoops’ and assess the EU’s support in developing community-based initiatives and citizen empowerment.



Loïc Cobut, PhD candidate, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles.  



In 2020, the European Union should easily meet its climate and energy objectives. Looking to the future, new objectives have already been adopted for 2030 and the energy system will continue to develop decentralized renewable energy sources.


As a result of these developments, local, citizen and community initiatives seeking to accelerate the energy transition have emerged.  These include renewable energy sources cooperatives (rescoops).


In 2015, the European Commission invited local authorities to sign the so-called Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which aims to foster local authority participation in the energy transition. More recently, the Commission’s 2016 Clean Energy Package recognized the role of such community-based energy projects at EU level for the first time.


This Midi de l’Europe seminar will discuss this shift in the Commission’s energy policy and will examine the EU measures that actually support community-based initiatives.



Related Scientific Publications available for download


A. Orsini, Do Non-State Perspectives Matter for Treaty Ratification and Implementation? The Case of the European Consultation on the Nagoya Protocol, Env. Pol. Gov. 26, 2016, pp. 377 - 393


J-Fr. Morin and A. Orsini, Policy Coherency and Regime Complexes: the Case of Genetic Resources, Review of International Studies, Volume 40, Issue 02, April 2014, pp 303 - 324