Key Topics

The EUKI-projects work on the topics of Awareness, Energy, Mobility, Cross-cutting Climate Policy, Buildings and Municipalities, Climate-proof Finance and Sustainable Economy.

Cyclurban’s Lessons-Learned publication focuses on the role of bicycles in the local transportation system and the factors preventing bicycles from becoming a preferred mode of transportation in communities. In addition, the report presents the national policy recommendations for each of the seven participating countries. The publication was published as part of the EUKI project Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy.

Bicycle Traffic: National Policy Recommendations & City Strategies

Bicycle Traffic: National Policy Recommendations & City Strategies

These publications analyse the integration of cycling in the transport systems of Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia. In addition, analyses to city cycling strategies were carried out in selected cities of each participating country. The reports focus on Legislatives Changes, Capacity Building, Education and Awareness Raising as well as Infrastructure.

Croatian national policy recommendation (Croatian)
Estonian national policy recommendation (Estonian)
Greek national policy recommendation (English)
Latvian national policy recommendation (English)
Polish national policy recommendation (English)
Slovakian national policy recommendation (English)

City Strategy Velika Gorica, Coatia (Croatian)
City Strategy Tartu, Estonia (English)
City Strategy Drama, Greece (English)
City Strategy Riga, Latvia (Latvian)
City Strategy Warsaw, Poland (Polish)

Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy

Territorial Just Transition Checklist

Territorial Just Transition Checklist

The European Council decided to reduce the Just Transition Fund for the period 2021-2027 from EUR 40 billion to 17.5 billion. According to the authors, this might discourage some regional governments, which began seeing the transition as an opportunity, not only a challenge. Therefore, it is now even more important that the Fund only supports projects leading to climate neutrality. Investments must create quality jobs as quickly as possible, but they shouldn’t rely on the Just Transition Fund alone – the Cohesion Policy has many instruments to support the transition of coal regions.

The checklist comprises, among others: concrete indicators that the Territorial Plans should include, for example when it comes to emissions and jobs; criteria on how to make sure the Plans do not support polluting or dated industries in the regions; specific advice on how to make participation work.

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Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

Field trip to Hambacher Forst

Scholarships on climate and energy issues for journalists: Make three from one

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Scholarships on climate and energy issues for journalists: Make three from one

by Anselm Bareis and Oliver Hölcke, GIZ/EUKI

Since 2017, as part of the EUKI funding, the International Journalist Programmes (IJP) have offered journalists the opportunity to deal with climate and energy subjects and gain work experience at the international level. The current EUKI project has now turned the one  “Climate Energy scholarship“ programme with its five target countries in Central and Eastern Europe into three programmes. Interested people from 13 countries can apply for these three regionally focused scholarships this summer. On the one hand, the EUKI project aims to promt the talents and their stories, while it intends to set up a network of journalists in Europe, on the other.

New programmes, more opportunities

In order to be able to care for the scholarship holders and their topics even more personally and precisely, IJP has divided the programme into three regional programmes: Rumania, Bulgaria and Serbia are newcomers and the target countries of the program for Southeastern Europe, which is initiated by IJP for the first time. Although not new, Poland is represented with a program of its own also for the first time. Journalists from Germany, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Slovak Republic as well as from the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania could also put in their applications. During their 6-8-week guest stay in Germany or one of the Central and Eastern European countries, the selected scholar-ship holders will get a detailed insight into climate-relevant subjects and can widen their sub-ject-specific knowledge. Their contribution to the work in a guest medium and support they receive for their journalistic work from cooperating partner Clean Energy Wire will help them get networked in the industry and give their stories the final touch.

Almost 100 reports from the programme have already influenced the public debate

A look back at the results achieved so far by the two EUKI projects promises that the expan-sion of the programs will even increase the influence of the reporting about the climate crisis and associated topics. Particularly in the new target countries Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia, climate-related subjects, which are especially dealt with by a young generation of journalists, slowly but surely find their way into the public mainstream.
Major successes in the project framework have so far been celebrated in the Czech Republic and Hungary, among others: Alumnus Nagy Gerely, as an example, was awarded a prize in Hungary in 2018 for the best report about energy issues. The SZ-editor Viktoria Großmann, ex-scholarship holder in the Czech Republic, was appointed member of the advisory commit-tee of the German-Czech discussion forum for the years of 2019/2020. In order to ensure that what they have learned is passed on, the journalists promoted by the programs are once a year given the opportunity to network with the alumni of former program participants and ex-perts from the climate and energy sector on the occasion of a „Global Fellows Night“. For-mats, such as the Web seminar series „IJP-Climate Talks“, set up in May or the „Seminar on Constructive Journalism“, promoted by EUKI, are further means of supporting the journalists’ further qualification.

Applications for the South-Eastern European and the Poland programme are possible until August 15, 2020

While the application window for the 2020 German-Central and Eastern European Journalist program is already closed, editors or freelancers working in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria or Serbia in the print, radio, online or TV media still have the opportunity to apply for a funding by August 15. Apart from covering traveling and accommodation costs, IJP offers to gain expe-rience abroad, European networking and intensive professional care for the successful appli-cants. For details about the scholarship and the application itself please refer to IJP’s Website or send a Mail to EUKI wishes all participants great success and is looking forward to new, brilliant networking stories to support European climate action.

  • IJP bursary programme group picture
  • IJP exchange to Poland
  • Field trip to Hambacher Forst
  • IJP Climate and Arts Night
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  • Field trip to Hambacher Forst

WebSeminar Invitation | The German EU Council Presidency: Setting the course for a sustainable recovery? | 13.7.2020, 14:00-15:00

Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

Webseminar invitation: In the online Seminar, DUH will present the current state of the debate in Germany, highlight priorities the German Council Presidency should address, and share experiences from their ongoing work on these issues on the German and European Level.

Studienreise Projekt

Energy Transformation Debate in CEE

The project aimed at changing the political and public narrative in Central and Eastern European countries, providing positive perspectives on the opportunities of the energy transformation.

Cyclurban+: Mobility Change, not Climate Change

To foster cycling in urban transport, Cycleurban+ targets municipal staff and decision-makers as well as institutions at the national level.

Coordination Capacities for Sustainable Energy

The project targeted four areas: three marginalised districts of Slovakia, in which pilot Sustainable Energy Centres (SEC) were set up, and Upper Nitra, a coal region in transition.

Dieses Dokument wurde für Mitarbeitende von Zentren für nachhaltige Energie (SECs) erstellt und ist eine Zusammenfassung einer Studienreise in die Tschechische Republik.