Just Transition Platform to help EU countries for their green plans
It will provide technical and advisory support for public and private stakeholders in coal and other carbon-intensive regionsEuropost , Brussels
An online Just Transition Platform (JTP) will be kicked off on Monday morning by Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson. It will help EU countries to compose their territorial Just Transition Plans and access funding from the over €150bn Just Transition Mechanism.
It will provide technical and advisory support for public and private stakeholders in coal and other carbon-intensive regions, with easy access to information on funding opportunities and sources of technical assistance and will guarantee that the €40bn, proposed under the Just Transition Fund is channelled to the right projects and that no region is left behind.
The platform will also support access to the dedicated scheme under InvestEU and the public sector loan facility, which together with the Just Transition Fund form the three pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism. It will make available a web-based single access point, including the possibility to contact the Commission with technical and administrative questions related to just transition. Sharing of information, experience and knowledge for fossil fuel and carbon-intensive regions, with dedicated project and expert databases will be provided as well.
Few days before the event, EVP Timmermans commented that the Green Deal ambition is to demonstrate a new model for inclusive transformation based on a just transition. As we rebuild our economies and societies, we owe it to our children and grandchildren to grasp the opportunity to build a more sustainable future, he said remarking: “With the Just Transition Platform we can start making this a reality”.
Also on Monday will kick-start a week of online events dedicated to coal, lignite, peat and oil shale regions as well as carbon-intensive regions, organised under the Coal Regions Virtual Week and a Carbon-Intensive Regions Seminar. These events will inform stakeholders of the latest EU policy developments and provide an opportunity for good practices sharing.