EUKI Shorts: Green Rural Deal

Published: 07 April 2022

About this EUKI Shorts

For the EU’s mission to be carbon neutral by 2050 to be successful, constructive involvement of Europe’s rural regions is crucial. This is the aim of the Green Rural Deal EUKI project, which seeks to empower rural residents of Greece, Kosovo, and Serbia to create projects, tools, and instruments that support the sustainable development of their regions. In doing so, the project partners recognize commonalities such as the ageing population, high unemployment, high levels of outmigration, and the decline of energy-intensive industries while remaining sensitive to each region’s particular needs.


  • Katja Witte, Project manager of ‘Green Rural Deal’, Vice-Director of division „Future Energy and Industry Systems“ at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy ​
  • Rinora Gojani, Programs and Operations Manager at Balkan Green Foundation, Region: Community of Kamenica ​
  • Tanja Popovicki, Programs Manager at RES Foundation – Region: Priboj ​
  • Lefteris Topaloglou, Scientific Consultant of LGA Western Macedonia, Associate Professor of University of Western Macedonia – Region: Western Macedonia 

What topics does this EUKI Shorts cover?

  • A short introduction to the Green Rural Deal project and three of its implementing partners.​
  • Short outline of the challenges the partners have faced and are facing during their transition into a zero-carbon economy.​
  • Lessons learned, solution approaches and recommendations from the projects with means of implementing a zero-carbon economy in rural areas.

What‘s the duration of this tutorial?

20 min in 5 short videos