EUCENA – European Citizen Energy Academy

Creating and sharing the necessary knowledge to increase the number of energy communities in Southeast Europe, paying special attention to gender justice and business model innovation.


Citizen energy is a means for citizens to take climate action into their own hands. With the Clean Energy Package and in particular with the Electricity Directive, the EU has emphasised the significance of citizen energy for participation, innovation and inclusion. For the first time, EU legislation thus acknowledges the role of community energy ownership meeting its climate and energy objectives – while at the same time driving local innovation. In the long term, the Directive embraces the vision of an Energy Union, where citizens are enabled to become the driving force behind energy transition.

EUCENA Logo and Partners

EUCENA and Partners Logo; Photo: © EUCENA


The European Citizen Energy Academy supports the citizen energy movement throughout Europe. It does so by fostering knowledge creation and transfer between Southeast and Central Europe. More specifically, it provides knowledge and tools on community building, development and cooperation between communities. Best practice examples illustrate how to overcome the barriers for citizen energy.
The Academy organises workshops and coaching sessions primarily in Albania, Greece, and Germany. Furthermore, workshop and study tours take place in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two summer schools foster cooperation between citizens in Southeast Europe, where citizen energy is just developing, and well established energy communities in Central Europe.
The project employs an inclusive approach, which involves citizens of different ages, genders as well as socio-economic and ethnic groups. It thus also contributes to overcoming energy and mobility poverty as well as gender inequality.

Project information

Updated: January 2021

Countries: Albania, Germany, Greece

Project duration: 10/20 - 09/22

Funding: 702,353 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Governments, NGOs, Regional governments

Implementing organisation: REScoop.eu

Partners: Bündnis Bürgerenergie e.V., Electra Energy Cooperative, Milieukontakt Albania, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)

Project website: rescoop.eu/

Contact Person:

Ms Antonia Proka


Posthoflei 3, bus 3
2600 Berchem

Email: inforescoop.eu


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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