Interactive Online Debate
05 May 2021 @ 14h30-15h30 CET

The European State of the Climate: An open Arctic, why does it matter for Europe?

Organised by The Brussels Times with the support of ECMWF

On 22 April 2021, Earth Day, the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service, published its European State of the Climate report. This report is an easy-to-understand snapshot of Europe’s climate in 2020 and the global context, including analysis of notable climatic events over the 12-month period.

It is already no secret that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe and experienced record temperatures in 2020, and so it is perhaps no surprise that Europe’s Siberian Arctic featured in the report.

In this event we ask what the consequences of a warming Arctic are for Europe, its economy, and its policymakers, and whether our cities, towns, villages, industries are equipped for the impact environmental change will bring. We explore how open earth observation data and the accompanying science can support the European Green Deal’s ambitions for a sustainable economy and carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050, and how it can also inform decision-making across all societal sectors – from energy to water, health and security – to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Tune in to our livestream on 5 May to be a part of this important debate, and hear from key experts and decision makers sharing their insights.

This event is kindly supported by ECMWF


05 May 2021


14h30 – 15h30 CET (Brussels Time)

Our high-level panel will include

Samantha Burgess

Deputy director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service

Alain Hubert

Belgian explorer and founder President of the International Polar Foundation

Michael Mann

EU Special Envoy for Arctic Matters at the European External Action Service

Elena Višnar Malinovská

Head of Unit for Adaptation to Climate Change (DG CLIMA, European Commission)

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

Member of the European Parliament and co-chair in the European Parliament Intergroup named “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”

Rowan Douglas

Head of Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson


Dan Sobovitz

Moderator + Founder of

Marianna Evenstein

Journalist and television presenter

Watch the discussion live and get involved. No registration is required. Have your questions answered by the speakers, submit your ideas to decision-makers, and participate in polls and debates in real-time.

The livestream will be available on this page on the day of the event.