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Stakeholder dialogue in practice: Just Transition in the European car industry

On May 12, 2022, the conference “Just Transition: Where is the European car industry heading?” was held in Brussels. Organised by German NELA. Next Economy Lab with the support of six partner organisations from, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany, the co-creative conference placed great emphasis on bringing together different stakeholders to enable and facilitate dialogue. Representatives at the conference included industry, environmental NGOs, academia, trade unions from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as policy makers from the European Commission and Parliament.

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Where Do EU Funds Go?

The EUKI project “Steering EU Funds Towards Climate Neutrality” operates an interactive database listing only project examples from CEE that practice efficient climate protection. Already, more than 25 entries show where money is being invested that is advancing the energy transition. Already in the first ten months, the project has reached 56 million interested parties as well as acting politicians in 8 target countries. Through the growing transparency, EU funds can be distributed more efficiently and directed to climate-effective projects.

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Green Entrepreneurship

Just one year after the project started, the EUKI project “Panda Labs Junior for Just Transition” receives strategic support for its work from a Macedonian municipality and two Bulgarian cities. In Bitola, Macedonia, home to the largest coal-fired power plant in the country, a collaboration was signed with EUKI partner organisation JA Macedonia to promote a just transition to decarbonisation and green entrepreneurship. In the Bulgarian cities of Kyustendil and Pernik, WWF Bulgaria achieved that the cooperation will involve communities, schools and youth in decision-making processes in the future and support them in further climate action activities throughout the EUKI project.