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.

The CEE Bankwatch Network examined NECPs in Central and Eastern Europe based on seven factors of ambition and public participation.

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Project video: Cyclurban

Project video: Cyclurban

The project „Cycling as an element of urban climate mitigation policy“ advances cycling as a measure for sustainable urban mobility and climate mitigation on a local level.
The project is active in Tartu (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Velika Gorica (Croatia), Drama (Greece) and Bratislava (Slovakia).

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Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy

EUKI Webseminar on Climate-Aligned Financing

3rd webseminar by EUKI Academy focussed on climate-aligned finance with experts of EUKI projects presenting.

This E3G study analyses the positioning of the main stakeholders of Just Transition in European coal and mining regions.

CEE Climate Policy Frontier

CEE Climate Policy Frontier

The project makes a tangible contribution to the improvement of sectoral climate policies in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region and at the European scale. It specifically focusses on those policies addressing transport and buildings, two sectors not included in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS).


The project facilitates the promotion of best practices for climate action in the selected non-ETS sectors of transport and buildings. It does this by raising national policy-makers’ awareness of the readily-available and transferable solutions already present in the region. Additionally, it fosters discussion on implementation strategies that can enable the region to efficiently reduce emissions from these sectors with the aim of achieving emissions pathways that are compatible with the Paris Agreement.

The project’s goals are to be achieved over several stages. First, the project will identify and promote current best policy practices within the CEE region. Second, it will assess the gap between these best practices and the level of ambition necessary to ensure global warming remains well below 2°C/1.5°C. Finally, policy options needed to bridge this gap will be identified and promoted.

The project’s outcomes will support policy-makers in all beneficiary CEE countries to reach the ‘regional frontier of excellence’ in climate action, while also making this action consistent with the level of ambition required to limit global warming to well below 2°C. Although the project focuses on the Central and Eastern European region, it will also create a channel for knowledge exchange between the CEE countries and other European states.

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The project promotes climate protection measures for transport and buildings. Photo:


Climate action within the transport and building sectors in the CEE region lags behind that of European frontrunners and behind the overall pace of emissions reduction compatible with the Paris Agreement. Within the region, there are also significant differences in the effectiveness and efficiency of countries’ policy instruments, in terms of both their design and implementation. While knowledge exchange between the CEE countries and the rest of the EU is crucial for solving the climate challenge, the experiences gained by the latter group are often not fully transferable or applicable due to the different socio-economic contexts, institutional differences or historical development pathways. It is therefore necessary to strengthen knowledge exchange within the CEE region. On top of this, the scale and pace of climate action required if the buildings and transport sectors are to stay within the global carbon budget are still not fully recognised. Without both increasing the intra-CEE exchange of current best practices and supporting joint European reflection on further improvements in sectoral policies, there is a risk that progress in this area continues to be piecemeal.

Project information

Updated: February 2019

Countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia

Project duration: 09/18 - 03/20

Funding: 305,000 €

Target groups: Civil Society, Private sector, Public sector

Implementing organisation:

Project Partners:
Climate Analytics, Climate Strategies, Expert Forum

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Contact Person

Mr Aleksander Śniegocki

Organisation: WiseEuropa



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas 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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Central Eastern European Climate and Energy Policy Scholarship for Journalists

The German-Central Eastern European Bursary gives journalists from Germany and nine Central Eastern European countries the opportunity to spend two months working at a media outlet in another country and reporting about climate and energy issues. With this project the IJP want to establish a unique and sustainable network of journalists who are “experts” in bilateral as well as climate and energy issues.

The Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SlovSEFF) was one of the first credit lines by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with private industrial companies and housing associations. With the support of local banks and obligatory technical assistance it channels financing to sustainable energy projects reducing GHG emissions. SlovSEFF has supported more than 700 energy efficiency projects and sustainable energy investments that make energy lower emissions-intensive worth over EUR 200 million in total, resulting in combined annual energy savings equivalent to the total household electricity consumption of a city the size of Bratislava.


Publication: Heroes of Just Transition

‘Heroes of Just Transition’ features seven stories from coal communities around Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the challenges they face as they move away from coal and the solutions they find – sometimes even in spite of resistance from the central governments. The Bankwatch publication was launched during the side event ‘Local communities build a post-coal future’ at the COP24 in Katowice and tells stories from Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

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

Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy

Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy

The project has been completed. It developed strategies for five European cities with a view to boosting urban cycling and therefore improving climate protection at a local level.


Urbanisation is increasing all over the world, with more and more people living in cities. So the urban mobility sector is playing a key role in helping avoid greenhouse gas emissions. At a local level, it is essential to come up with intelligent solutions for environmentally friendly mobility and transforming transport systems in large conurbations. Traffic emissions in cities need to be kept at a low level or even reduced. Quality of life, time efficiency and health should also improve at the same.

Car-centred transport concepts from the previous century need to be rethought and more effort made to promote cycling. Bicycles are more time-efficient, quiet, environmentally friendly and healthy than cars.




The project was operating in Tartu (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Velika Gorica (Croatia) and Drama (Greece). In each city, the current cycling situation was first of all analysed and evaluated. Then the team looked, for example, at where more cycle paths might be built, how the issue might be integrated into future urban planning or how, say, to better promote the use of e-bikes and cargo bikes.

The results fed into the collaboration with the cities and municipalities. This process involved developing specific strategies to promote cycling as a form of urban mobility. The project also came up with recommendations on how to promote cycling at a national level. Seminars were held and strategy papers published with a view to reaching even more municipalities.


  • So-called BYPADs (Bicycle Policy Audits) were conducted in Riga, Velika Gorica, Tartu and Warsaw. BYPAD is a method that municipalities can use to further develop their cycling policy. Cities, municipalities and regions assess the quality of their cycling policy, along with contributions from traffic planners, NGO members, cyclists and local politicians. The audit provides a detailed analysis and makes specific proposals for the locality in question as to what measures should be taken to drive improvement. Then the cities developed individual strategic approaches that address specific circumstances and conditions in partner cities. They reflect the current situation, as well as realistic opportunities for the future.
  • In each partner country, there was an analysis to establish which documents have an impact on the promotion of cycling at national level or contain cycling-specific targets and initiatives. This policy mapping covered the transport, environment, spatial planning, business, health and tourism sectors. Lastly, documents containing cycling-specific measures were predominantly implemented in the transport, environment and spatial planning sectors in the five countries. Policy areas with the weakest links to cycling were business, tourism and education. It also emerged that no national cycling strategy had taken effect so far in most countries at the time of the analysis in 2019.
  • In total, the project came up with 25 policy recommendations for the five countries. In Estonia, Croatia, Latvia and Greece, the focus was on updating standards or development plans for cycling. For Slovakia, Latvia and Croatia, the project has inspired specific safety measures such as cycle paths, a safety distance of 1.5 m (to be respected when driving alongside or overtaking bicycles) and 30 km/h zones. In addition, traffic calming and safety recommendations were proposed, in particular in Greece and Latvia. Other recommendations concerned prioritising cycling, such as providing mandatory parking facilities for bicycles and encouraging companies to adopt a sustainable approach to employee mobility.

Project information

Updated: September 2021

Countries: Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia

Project duration: 11/17 - 02/20

Funding: 462,728 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities

Implementing organisation:
Baltic Environmental Forum Deutschland

Project Partners:
Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia, City of Tartu, City of Velika Gorica, City of Warsaw, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Ecocity, Foundation Earth and People, National Observatory of Athens, National Technical University of Athens, Society for Sustainable Development Design, Union of Latvian Cyclists


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas 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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Accelerating the Energy Transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and Learning from the German Experience

This project will step up the role of civil society in increasing the climate ambition in CEE countries where climate policy has been traditionally difficult to implement.