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.


The partners will strive to make the need for a low-carbon transition and its benefits more visible at all levels of decision-making and to gain commitment for a long-term solution of the issue in the CEE region. Specifically, the project will:

1) strengthen NGO capacity and facilitate the information flow on energy transformation policies between the CEE region, Berlin and Brussels;

2) build national strategies and platforms to help accelerate the energy transformation in the CEE countries;

3) map opportunities for ‘just transition’ of mining regions in 5 CEE countries. Collaboration between a CEE-based NGO network (Bankwatch), an environmental think tank (E3G) working on EU level, and a German NGO (DUH) ensures that all levels of expertise and the German experience with Energiewende are reflected in the process.

Post-industrial museum Zollverein in Bochum, Germany. Photo by Berber Verpoest, CC BY-SA 3.0


Climate policy has traditionally been difficult to implement in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and many CEE Member States of the European Union have been hindering EU climate ambition because they tend to overemphasise the cost of climate action whilst neglecting the need and the benefits of a low-carbon transition.

Civil society action has been instrumental in increasing the ambition level in climate policy through publishing different studies, advocacy strategies for legislative action in individual CEE Member States, monitoring the implementation of EU climate and energy policies and engaging in successful legal action against coal power plants.

However, when compared with other regions, notable gaps exist in the organization and influence of clean energy stakeholders in a number of CEE countries.

Project information

Updated: September 2019

Countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia

Project duration: 09/17 - 02/20

Funding: 918,062 €

Target groups: Civil Society, Experts, Governments, Journalists, NGOs, Regional governments

Implementing organisation:
CEE Bankwatch Network

Project Partners:
Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism


Contact Person

Organisation: CEE Bankwatch Network

Address: Bankwatch Prague Office

Heřmanova 1088/8
170 00 Praha 7
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 777 995 515


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 the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). 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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