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Events, support and benefits for implementing a just energy transition in coal regions. 

The initiative supports stakeholders like representatives of national and regional public authorities, international organisations, energy sectors, NGOs, academia and media in the Western Balkans and Ukraine to carry out an energy transition that is just and benefits coal regions long term.

By joining this initiative, these stakeholders can participate in an open dialogue on phasing out coal, and also benefit directly from the initiative's assistance on implementing a clean energy transition.

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Fill out this subscription form to sign up for the initiative’s updates and join its database of stakeholders. You will be informed about the initiative’s activities, available support and funding opportunities as well as relevant policy developments. View previous issues of the newsletter.


From March until July 2023, the webinar series “Just energy transitions in the Western Balkans and Ukraine” will explore opportunities and lessons learnt on the way to coal phase-out. In considering how to make a just energy transition a reality, the series takes a coal regions viewpoint and looks into examples from the EU, Western Balkans and Ukraine. Each webinar will feature several experts working on implementing just energy transitions, including representatives from the coal regions in focus.

To attend the webinars you need to register. They will all take place 15:00–16:00 CET/CEST.

   9 March: Planning for a just transition in light of energy (in)security

   30 March: Engaging stakeholders in just transition planning: who and how?

   27 April: Energy transition and air quality: solutions and good practices

   25 May: Opportunities to finance energy transitions

   14 June: Regions seizing coal phase-out as an opportunity for economic development

   6 July: Lessons learnt when switching from coal to renewables

Coal regions exchange programme

The programme is an opportunity for regions for coal regions in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and the EU to start direct, one-to-one dialogues, connect with different stakeholders, learn from each other and transfer knowledge.

Past events

Annual meeting of the initiative, 22-23 November 2022

The agenda of the meeting, presentations and video recordings are available on the event webpage.

EU side event at the UNFCCC COP26, 5 November 2021

The recording of the session “Voices from the regions: sharing first-hand experiences of coal phase-out in Europe and beyond” can be accessed through the event webpage.

Annual meeting of the initiative, 23-24 June 2021

The event page contains all the information about the event, links to video recordings, presentations, and the meeting report.

Inaugural meeting of the initiative, 10-11 December 2020

The event agenda, video recording and presentations can be found in a dedicated CIRCABC folder.

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