About: Just Transition Fund

Climate change 30-07-2021

EU creates checklist for ‘climate proof’ infrastructure projects

The European Commission on Thursday (29 July) published a guide to assess whether planned infrastructure projects are equipped to cope with climate change impacts like floods and heatwaves, a condition that must be met to receive certain EU funds.
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

State vs private: Europe’s mismatched transition out of coal

There is a growing disparity in the progress central and eastern Europe's regions have made to transition away from coal, often influenced by how willing the state is to rescue increasingly unviable companies. Some regions are beginning to close polluting mines while others plan to keep them open for decades.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

Commission must boost presence in regions to promote just coal transition

The European Commission should make sure its decisions remain in line with its climate targets and keep an eye on the social acceptance of the coal transition, stakeholders in Central and Eastern Europe say.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

National politics threatens just transition fund for coal-reliant regions

Domestic politics, bureaucratic turf wars, and prosperous regions resistant to quitting coal remain a serious obstacle to meaningful progress on designing just transition plans, despite the involvement of European Commission-funded consultants, and pressing deadlines.
Climate change 25-05-2021

Bulgaria’s Radev hardens tone on EU climate policy

In what appears to have been a preview of his statement at the EU summit, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told journalists in Brussels on Tuesday (25 May) that the EU's climate policy comported “dangers” for low-income countries like his.

EU lawmakers give final approval to bloc’s green transition fund

The European Parliament formally approved the European Union's multi-billion euro fund on Tuesday (18 May) to support countries as they wind down fossil fuel industries as part of Europe’s push towards fighting climate change.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Cohesion Commissioner tells Bulgaria to make good use of EU’s unprecedented funding

The opportunities that the EU’s new long-term budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund, totaling €1.8 trillion, offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the EU and Bulgaria, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms told a mostly Bulgarian audience.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body to step up cooperation with Commission

Renovations, sustainable mobility, urban greening. These are just some areas in which the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) wants to work more closely with the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 17-12-2020

EU agrees its green transition fund will not support natural gas

The European Union's flagship fund to wean regions off fossil fuels will not finance natural gas projects, EU governments said on Wednesday (16 December), ending a debate over whether to make the fuel eligible for support.
Energy 11-12-2020

Fossil fuels axed from EU’s just transition fund, but loophole remains for gas

The European Parliament reached a provisional agreement with EU member states on Wednesday (9 December), which sees fossil fuels axed from the EU's just transition fund but finding their way back into EU regional development funding until 2025.
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

EU aims for a just transition in industry, but hurdles remain

The EU has set targets for a just transition that leaves no one behind, but inadequate funding and underrepresenting important perspectives could hamper progress.
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2020

EU institutions close in on cohesion package deal

EU lawmakers have struck a deal on a new structural aid fund and are approaching a compromise on supporting regions transitioning from coal, with the final white smoke from co-legislators on total regional support from the EU's next seven-year budget expected on Wednesday. (9 December).

Warsaw says ‘further analysis needed’ before EU’s 2030 climate target can be agreed

Further analysis into the impact of tougher climate goals on EU member states is needed before Poland can sign up to the European Commission’s proposed 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030, a senior Polish minister has said.
Economy & Jobs 24-09-2020

Cities see lobbying efforts bear fruit in drive for direct access to EU funds

The coronavirus pandemic has opened new opportunities for European urban centres to have greater access and be involved more in the spending of EU funds. While personal meetings play a crucial role lobbying efforts, the pandemic has pushed the Commission...
Energy 16-09-2020

Parliament votes to allow gas projects in the Just Transition Fund

Hours before the EU executive announced higher climate objectives for 2030, the European Parliament voted to allow funding for fossil gas projects under the bloc’s flagship Just Transition Fund.
Climate change 16-09-2020

EU institutions caught in crossfire over Just Transition Fund

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday and Wednesday (15-16 September) on the Just Transition Fund. But this mechanism, initially designed to finance the social aspects of the transition to a low-carbon economy, has now been extended to finance gas projects. EURACTIV France reports.

MEPs warn of insufficient control over EU climate spending

The European Parliament rejected on Thursday (23 July) the hard-won decisions of the EU Council. MEPs criticised, among other things, cuts to climate programmes and voiced fear that billions of euros could fall into the wrong hands. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-07-2020

Workers’ involvement should not be ‘decorative’ in coronavirus recovery, expert says

If EU leaders agree on the EU's seven-year budget and the recovery fund on Friday (17 July), this could facilitate the transition to a more modern and greener Europe. But labour representatives also want to ensure that workers have a say in the entire policymaking process. 

EU lawmakers divided over inclusion of natural gas in Just Transition Fund

The European Parliament's Regional Affairs Committee will vote Monday (6 July) on the EU's proposed €40 billion Just Transition Fund, which aims to support the bloc's 108 coal-producing regions in their transition to a low-carbon economy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electricity 29-06-2020

EU grapples with ‘regressive’ climate laws

Avoiding another “yellow vest” movement will be crucial for the success of the energy transition as Europe moves forward with a new wave of policies aimed at cutting emissions down to net zero by 2050, policymakers say.
Energy 26-06-2020

EU ministers exclude nuclear, fossil gas from green transition fund

European Union countries agreed on Wednesday (24 June) that the bloc's flagship fund to wean regions off fossil fuels should not finance nuclear or natural gas projects, despite calls from some Eastern countries for gas to be eligible for EU funding.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2020

Cohesion becomes central to EU recovery package

Through the new REACT-EU emergency instrument, cohesion policy will be one of the key elements in the European Commission's proposal for a recovery package, which takes into account that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been uneven across the EU. 
Energy 28-05-2020

EU boosts ‘just transition fund’, pledging €40 billion to exit fossil fuels

The European Commission has increased five-fold its proposed EU fund to wean carbon-intensive regions off fossil fuels, with fresh cash from a new recovery fund to help Europe's ailing economies rebound after the new coronavirus pandemic.
Politics 09-04-2020

Flanders chooses EU Green Deal as battleground between regions

Belgium will not join more than a dozen member states in insisting the Green Deal must serve as a basis for the coronavirus recovery, after a dispute among the three regional parliaments and the government nixed the chances of a common position.