The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation of specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia) away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities.
The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation of specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia) away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities. Each transition plan will form the basis for advocating Just Transition pathways and region-specific options at national and EU level. This will be completed by a study dedicated to past experiences with transition in Germany. To ensure public acceptance and transparency, the project will include capacity building workshops in Bulgaria, Greece and Poland to engage local stakeholders, trade unions, journalists and civil society organisations as well as relevant regional, national, and EU decision makers. Furthermore, a study trip will be organised in each of the four countries gathering their relevant stakeholders to learn about the regional challenges, experience with transition so far, and meet local representatives, thus catalysing cross-fertilization of ideas amongst the stakeholders from the different regions. Finally, a range of advocacy activities will be conducted towards EU institutions with the objective of raising awareness on Just Transition so as to make it an integral component of European climate policy along with securing appropriate funding.
The retired Ptolemais lignite plant and the Ptolemais open cast mine in Western Macedonia. Photo: Lea Vranicar, WWF Germany
Phasing out fossil fuel based electricity generation, especially coal, is a prerequisite for fulfilling the European Union’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and the leadership role the EU strives to have in global climate policy. Such a major change must be accompanied by a comprehensive Just Transition strategy aiming at minimizing hardships for workers and their communities in the associated industries through active political and financial support as well as shifting local economies towards sustainable economic activities.
During four study trips to Germany, Greece, Bulgaria and Poland, 108 European stakeholders shared their experiences on coal mining. A total of 239 affected people working in coal regions took part in 8 capacity building workshops. Both measures created an atmosphere of trust and the basis for jointly developing plans for a just transition.
16. September 2020
Signatures for a Just Transition
A "Forum of Mayors on Just Transition” was established with 58 mayors from European coal-mining regions signing to a Declaration on Just Transition. It took place in Kozani (Greece) in 2018, in Weisswasser (Germany) 2019, and will be organised from Bytom (Poland) in 2020. Continuity, Communality and Fairness are the drivers of change urged by EUKI project “Regions and Municipalities for a Just Transition”.
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.