EUKI Project Information

Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

West Macedonia; Photo: Andrea Bonetti/WWF Greece

Background Information

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.


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.


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Project information

Date: February 2018

Countries: Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Poland

Project duration: 10.2017 – 02.2020

Funding: 659.418,42 €

Target Groups: Local, regional and national governments, trade unions, civil society, media and EU institutions

Implementing Organisation: WWF Germany

Implementing Partner(s):
WWF Bulgaria
WWF Greece
WWF Poland

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):
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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition 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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