Directing EU Funds towards Climate Neutrality

Ensuring that Partnership Agreements on EU Funds (PAs) and National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) support the European Green Deal in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, and Latvia.


The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Recovery Resilience Facility (RRF) define the EU’s spending priorities for periods of seven years each. Their purpose is to transfer more abstract policy goals – such as climate targets – into economic realities, for example by additional investments in public infrastructure. The 2021-2027 MFF and RRF are crucial elements of ensuring the realisation of the European Green Deal. EU Member States have been preparing proposals for Partnership Agreements on EU Funds (PAs) and National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) to inform the MFF and RRF. Yet, these documents are not sufficiently coherent with the European Green Deal and therefore prevent the targeted direction of EU funds toward climate neutrality.

10 EURO bill

Financing ©pixabay.com


The project’s target group consists of representatives of national and local governments, business groups, academia, civil society organisations, and media representatives in the project countries. Project activities enable and encourage them to initiate and engage in informed debates on climate policies and EU funds. First, project members offer trainings and workshops that provide knowledge on EU funding mechanisms and their relation to climate-neutrality. Second, the project team publishes best practice reports on climate-neutral use of EU funds as well as proposals for the national Operational Programs (OPs) in the target countries. Based on these activities, the project partners disseminate their findings and knowledge across EU institutions and the European public through newsletters, online articles, and social media. Furthermore, they reach out to decision makers on European, national, and local level through personal meetings, letters, calls and presentation on events. Thus, the project team encourages them to access available and valuable knowledge and insights on climate-neutral use of EU funds and thus to contribute to implementation of the European Green Deal.

Project information

Updated: April 2022

Countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

Project duration: 10/21 - 09/23

Funding: 763,888 €

Target groups: Civil Society, EU Institutions, Public sector

Implementing organisation: CEEweb for Biodiversity

Partners: Centre of Transport and Energy, Clean Air Action Group (CAAG), Economic Policy Institute (EPI), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Focus Eco Center (Focus), Green Liberty, Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation, Slatinka Association, Umanotera - The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development

Project Website: ceeweb.org/project.php...

Contact Person:

Mrs Aleksandra Khirv


CEEweb for Biodiversity


H-1021 Budapest, Széher str. 9. Hungary




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.


European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin – Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570