Green Deal CEE

Creating networks in Central and Eastern Europe to support the implementation of the European Green Deal and its ‘Fit for 55’ package.


In 2021, the EU presented its ‘Fit for 55’ package, a collection of guidelines and concrete measures to achieve the European Green Deal’s target: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. A successful ‘Fit for 55’ legislative process requires the constructive approach and consent of Central and Eastern European (CEE) member states. While CEE governments in the past have been rather passive towards European climate ambition, alternative positions have made themselves heard throughout the region. To expand their impact and enable them to positively impact CEE countries’ stance on the European Green Deal, they need to engage more actively in climate policy processes on both national and EU levels.

Green Deal CEE

Green Deal CEE; ©2022; Centre of Transport and Energy


The project team aims to advance EU climate and energy policies on a national level in the Czech Republic, Hungary Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia. To achieve this goal, it strengthens civil society organisations, NGOs, think tanks, business associations, academia, representatives of cities and of national, regional, and local authorities in their joint engagement around the European Green Deal. Through trainings, seminars, and joint publications, members of the target group can connect with each other and access relevant knowledge on social, economic, and ecologic co-benefits of a fair energy transformation in CEE. This expertise enables them to participate in national energy and climate plans revision processes and to contribute to ambitious implementation of climate and energy policies. The project team supports participation by reaching out to decision makers via letters, policy recommendations and by organising meetings and conferences. Making their perspective heard throughout policy processes, their positions have the potential to counteract currently dominant narratives on climate action, which focus predominantly on the costs of energy transformation.

Project information

Updated: April 2022

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

Project duration: 10/21 - 12/23

Funding: 226,834 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Governments

Implementing organisation: Centre of Transport and Energy

Partners: Climate Action Network Europe, Institute for Sustainable Development Foundation, National Society of Conservationists – Friends of the Earth Hungary

Project Website: cde-org.cz/en

Contact Person

Ms Barbora Urbanová

Centre of Transport and Energy

Heřmanova 8
170 00 Prague



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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