Dear EUKI Community, friends and colleagues,
These unusual times are not easy for you or your families. Here at the European Climate Initiative, we have also had to consider new ways to approach our work: How can we organise cooperation for cross-border European climate action when borders are closed, when personal exchange and on-site training measures are no longer possible? We, too, have had to respond to these unusual circumstances: Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, BMU Head of Division Dr Silke Karcher and I personally addressed all those planning to participate in video messages and, with heavy hearts, cancelled the annual EUKI Networking Conference in Berlin until further notice.
However, it has become very clear that climate protectors are highly skilled in adapting flexibly and creatively to new developments. Almost all of our EUKI Community climate projects have adjusted very quickly to the new conditions and, for example, have moved their offers online, thereby gaining valuable experience. We have complied some exciting stories about how cooperation and exchange aimed at protecting the climate can also work extremely well in the times of COVID-19 and how EUKI climate projects in Poland, Bulgaria, Greece and Spain are responding to the crisis with their own unique ideas.
It is in the spirit of the EUKI goal of making climate action in the European Union even more effective through the exchange of ideas and experiences that we would like to share these stories with you.
To make sure you don't miss any news about the excellent work being achieved by the EUKI projects, we recommend a visit to our website, Twitter channel or our new Facebook page.
Stay healthy and take care of yourself!
'The European Climate Initiative (EUKI) is a project financing instrument of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), based on a decision of the German Bundestag. The Financing Programme EUKI is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.'
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