The EU is soon expected to draft the outline of its next budget – the 2021-2027 Multi-Annual Financial Framework – in a context where its unity and stability have been shaken by the Brexit and are further put into question by regional tensions within its member states, with the recent example of the Catalonian crisis. Making Europe more united, but also stronger and more democratic, as per President Juncker’s recent commitment, is thus becoming a pressing challenge which should guide the orientations of the future budget.
This paper sketches a creative policy vision for how the next EU budget could best unlock innovative financing and address specific barriers faced by energy citizens and community power projects wishing to invest in their own small scale renewable energy projects.
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