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START technical assistance

The secretariat’s technical assistance to regions in transition (START) leaves a legacy of enhanced transition-related expertise, capabilities, and capacities in the coal+ regions that receive support.


Applications are now open to receive START technical assistance

The EU Initiative for Coal regions in Transition has launched a new call for applications to receive technical assistance to support just transition-related activities in coal, peat, lignite and oil shale regions.

The call for START applications is open from 10 January 2024 to 23 February 2024 (inclusive), with delivery of support planned to begin in spring 2024.

Use the following links to apply for START:

16 JANUARY 2024
START Application Form - 2024
(515.52 KB - DOCX)
10 JANUARY 2024
Guidelines for technical assistance applications
(697.34 KB - PDF)
10 JANUARY 2024
START technical assistance summary
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If you have questions about START and the application process, please email secretariatatcoalregions [dot] eu (secretariat[at]coalregions[dot]eu) with subject line “START: query”. In addition, potential applicants can email to request a short (30 mins) consultation discussion about their application – please use the subject line “START: consultation request”.

What is START?

START provides tailored, short-term support to coal+ regions across a wide array of transition topics. It assists efforts to decarbonise energy production and usage, diversify economic activities, and progress social development in regions and communities that are heavily affected by the transition away from fossil fuels.

START can help overcome shortcomings in local knowledge and capacities in areas such as: strategy development, governance, stakeholder consultation and engagement, community cohesion and resilience, and project identification and assessment. It can be used to fill knowledge or capacity gaps and to complement other technical assistance and capacity-building instruments.

What can START provide?

START provides tailored support to assist coal+ regions, sub-regions, and local communities in achieving a just transition away from fossil fuel-based activities. Support typically spans 50-100 “person days” delivered over 6-10 months.

Application process

START achievements

START technical assistance delivered so far has covered a wide range of transition-related thematic areas and topics, notably including strategy development, governance, stakeholder consultation and engagement, community cohesion and resilience, and project identification and assessment.

14 recipients
sub-national actors
So far, 14 teams have received START technical assistance in support of their just transition work.
9 countries
spanning EU countries
START recipients represent regions across nine EU countries, spanning the breadth of the continent.
20+ outputs
knowledge products
The guidance, reports, and other knowledge produced as part of START are publicly available.

Supported regions

Click through the fields below to access outputs and additional information about START support, which may help guide your own regions’ transition.

These START recipients represent a diverse cross-section of regions and communities. They differ across features including resource type (hard coal, lignite, peat), socio-economic structure, industrial characteristics (mono-industrial and diversified) and geographic attributes (rural, urban, endowment of natural resources and assets). They are also at different stages of their transition processes. Such regional variety contributes to a rich exchange of transition lessons.

To ensure coordinated and integrated support to START regions, the Secretariat works closely with relevant European Commission partners, including the Directorates-General for Energy, Regional and Urban Policy, and for Structural Reform Support, as well as other providers of support, such as the World Bank.