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Secretariat Technical Assistance to Regions in Transition (START)

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Applications are now open to receive START technical assistance

The EU Initiative for coal regions in transition has launched the newest call for applications to receive technical assistance to support just transition-related activities in coal, peat, and oil shale regions. Completed START applications must be submitted by 16 December 2022, with delivery of support planning to begin in Spring 2023.

Use the following links to apply for START:

Application form

Guidance document


START Summary document

The short document below provides an overview of the purpose and features of START support. Click the links below to open the START Summary document in your language. 

START Secretariat Technical Assistance for Regions in Transition 2022 - Summary Document
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What is START?

START provides tailored, short-term support to assist 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 be used to 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 is intended to fill gaps and complement other technical assistance and capacity-building instruments. 
 

Application process

What can START provide?

START provides targeted 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.

Timeline

  1. 17 October
    Application launch
  2. 16 December
    Application closes
  3. Spring 2023
    Commencement of support
  4. Late-2023
    Anticipated second call for applications

Previous START recipients (2020-2022)

Over 2020-2021, START delivered technical assistance to seven regions, covering 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.

These recipients of START support 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 rich exchange of transition lessons.

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