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Coal Regions Learning Academy

Capacity building for designing and implementing clean energy transition strategies

The European Commission is actively supporting the implementation of the Coal Regions Learning Academy by the College of Europe in Natolin and the World Bank.

The Coal Regions Learning Academy will be open for a wide array of interested stakeholders in coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine.

Aim and approach

The academy aims to address possible capacity gaps that are impeding coal regions in the Western Balkans and Ukraine from successfully designing and implementing transition strategies and associated kick-start projects as part of their energy transition.

The knowledge that the academy will deliver through e-learning will reflect a broad range of case studies, global good practices on technical subject areas, use of analytical tools, and prevailing regulatory and administrative processes. The objective of the academy is to introduce learners to the many dimensions associated with designing and implementing an effective transition strategy, and to best approaches to sustaining kick-start projects through to successful outcomes.

The academy will deliver 6 high-quality, non-degree/non-certification, e-learning courses to participants using a logical framework aligned with

  • the World Bank’s three-phase Programmatic Approach (Pre-Closure, Closure, Regional Transition), and
  • 3 key thematic areas (Governance, People and Communities, Land and Assets).

Learners will also be offered access to pre-recorded video materials, such as lectures, presentations, interviews and information pieces. Considered thematic areas are expected to include: understanding and adopting lessons learnt from other coal regions, organising diverse stakeholders into effective decision-making bodies, inclusive growth processes, technical aspects of social and environmental protection, energy sector transition and opportunities for low carbon energy alternatives, preparation of business plans and budget planning, accessing capital, and effective public-private partnerships.

Survey on the curriculum

In order to ensure that the e-learning courses best address the needs of stakeholders of the just coal transition process in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, a questionnaire has been prepared. Please fill it out to help in developing an optimal training programme for the forthcoming courses.

The questionnaire is available in 8 languages: Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian.

Note that the questionnaire is anonymous. Replies are accepted and analysed on an ongoing basis.


The participants of the Coal Regions Learning Academy will include stakeholders in coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, comprising public officials at various levels, regional and community leaders, workers and their organisation, enterprises, planners and implementers of programmes, and non-governmental organisations.

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