In this paper, we analyse the state of TJTP design in six central and eastern European countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. We first describe the formal design of the processes in each country, which, although similar, involve different actors and timelines. We also take a look at how the working groups, set up to inform and design the plans, are currently functioning, and what they need to effectively influence the plans. In the next section, we analyse the instruments used in each region to ensure participation, highlighting what works well and less well. Finally, the paper concludes with recommendations for national authorities and the European Commission, based on the three biggest threats to the quality of the TJTPs: poor participation, a disproportionate influence of industry and a narrow focus on job creation.
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European Environmental Bureau and Clean Air Action Group (Levegő Munkacsoport) has started in October 2020 a new project with the participation of CEEWeb (membership across CEE), Economic PoIicy Institute (BG), Centre for Transport and Energy (CZ), Green Liberty (LV), Polish Green Network (PL), Focus Eco Center (RO), Umanotera (SI) and Centre for Sustainable Alternatives (SK). The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). This project aims to have an impact on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), i.e. the EU budget for the period 2021–27) and the Recovery and Resilience Facility by providing inputs to policy process work, exchanging views, increasing awareness on the necessity of making this EU budget climate-proof and developing targeted recommendations for improving the use of EU funds.
Climate Action by EU Citizens is a project funded by the European Comission running from 2020 to 2024. The project raises awareness, builds capacity, and supports EU citizens, particularly young people, in building public support for ambitious climate change and development policies which have gender equality at their core. A diverse consortium of 20 organisations under the umbrella of Oxfam and the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) are part of this initiative. Our activities will take place in 13 EU Member States. Partners bring together experience of climate change campaigning and communication in Europe, gender equality, European youth mobilisation, and climate change development programmes in the Global South.
Since 2019, we have been participating in the European LIFE UNIFY project coordinated by the Climate Action Network (CAN), which aims to support the timely and effective transition of EU Member States to a low-carbon economy. Within the project, we focus mainly on the following areas: national climate and energy plans, setting up a new EU budget, motivation and support of cities in adopting their own climate and energy strategies.
Centre for Transport and Energy is a non-profit non-governmental organisation founded in 1998 that focuses on the environmental impacts of transportation and energy production. Our aim is building and reinforcing a wide platform of groups and individuals who are interested in working towards sustainable transport and energy future.