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Annual Political Dialogue – Initiative for coal regions in transition


The European Commission and the Karlovy Vary Region happily invite you to the EU Initiative for Coal Regions in Transition’s fourth Annual Political Dialogue on 27-28 June 2023, in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic).

This will be an occasion for stakeholders from all EU coal, peat, lignite and oil shale regions (“coal+ regions”) to gather, take stock of the progress achieved since the start of the Initiative in 2018, and discuss common challenges they face, old and new, in today’s quickly-evolving energy landscape. The event will give a voice to the leading figures in the transition – those that are designing and implementing transition on the ground in coal+ regions, in EU capitals, and in Brussels. The programme will include high-level, strategic discussions on what EU coal regions will be confronted with on their path to climate neutrality, and how climate neutrality can be reached in a just and inclusive way. The first day’s conference will be followed by visits to regional projects and transition related sites on the second day.

A number of high-level speakers will lead discussions during the event, including:

  • Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy
  • Elisa Ferreira, EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms (TBC)
  • Petr Kulhanek, Governor Karlovy Vary Region
  • Petr Fiala, Prime Minister Czech Republic (TBC)

The first day will start with a side event focused on the exchangeEU programme (June 27th from 9:30 to 10:30), followed by the opening of the conference. In the afternoon, three breakout sessions will follow on coal regions in transition related topics. On 28th June, the Karlovy Vary Region invites to visit local sites to illustrate the main challenges and new perspectives of this territory in transition.

The deadline to register for in-person attendance is 1st June 2023 COB. The deadline to register for virtual attendance is 26th June 2023. Please note that only the opening session of this event will be livestreamed.

To register, please fill out the form below. Once approved, you will receive an email confirming your registration to the event. Please note that there is a limited number of participants for this event. Therefore, we advise you to register promptly in order to secure your place. Registration is free of charge; unfortunately, the Initiative is unable to provide financial support to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Recommendations for accommodation in Karlovy Vary will be shared along with booking details once your registration is approved. We will be sharing practical information relevant to travelling to Karlovy Vary closer to the event.

We look forward to welcoming you in Karlovy Vary, or seeing you online!

23 MARCH 2023
Annual Political Dialogue 2023 - Agenda
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