Territorial Just Transition Checklist
The European Council decided to reduce the Just Transition Fund for the period 2021-2027 from EUR 40 billion to 17.5 billion. According to the authors, this might discourage some regional governments, which began seeing the transition as an opportunity, not only a challenge. Therefore, it is now even more important that the Fund only supports projects leading to climate neutrality. Investments must create quality jobs as quickly as possible, but they shouldn’t rely on the Just Transition Fund alone – the Cohesion Policy has many instruments to support the transition of coal regions.
The checklist comprises, among others: concrete indicators that the Territorial Plans should include, for example when it comes to emissions and jobs; criteria on how to make sure the Plans do not support polluting or dated industries in the regions; specific advice on how to make participation work.