Multi-Stakeholder Online Workshop: Making Climate Action Happen

published 04.12.2020

Financing climate and clean energy strategies and measures through Recovery and Resilience Plans and Cohesion Policy programming in Central and Eastern Europe

In order to achieve the new climate and energy 2030 targets the importance of the next EU Budget, in particular Cohesion Policy funds, the recovery package and the Just Transition Mechanism need to be recognised both by the European Commission and Member States.

At the workshop, we will be looking at how EU funding from the Recovery and  Resilience  Facility,  Cohesion Policy funds and the Just Transition Fund can deliver on the higher climate ambition and  what role National Energy and Climate Plans play in the process. The workshop also provides opportunities for multilateral exchange on the experiences and best practices on climate integration in accordant EU funds spending plans.

9:30 Welcome and Introduction, Alexa Botar, climate & energy coordinator, NSC-FoE Hungary

9:40 Panel: How will EU funds and Recovery Plans be governed towards higher 2030 targets in the nexus of European Semester and National Energy and Climate Plans, Miguel Gil Tertre, Head of Unit, European Commission’s Secretary General’s Recovery and Resilience Task Force: EU funding streams in the context of the Recovery and resilience plans (30’)

Markus Trilling, Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator, CAN Europe (10’) Raphael Hanoteaux, EU Policy Officer, CEE Bankwatch (10’)

Panel discussion including questions from participants (30’)

11:00 Break

11:10 Recap of the morning: setting the scene to the next part

Markus Trilling, Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator, CAN Europe (10’)

11:20 Case studies presentations

  • EU Climate ambition increase (2030) – implications, member states aspects, potential costs-benefits, Jörg Mühlenhoff, Energy Scenarios Policy Coordinator, CAN Europe (15-20’)
  • Territorial Just Transition Plans in Poland
  • Maciej Sytek, Plenipotentiary of the Wielkopolska Regional Executive for the Restructuring of Eastern Wielkopolska, Poland (15-20’)
  • The development of the Recovery and Resilience Plan in Slovakia, Juraj Melichar, Slovak coordinator for energy transformation, CEPA (10-15’)

Programming for Cohesion Policy – Czech status quo, challenges and opportunities Jana Maussen, Project Manager, Centre for Transport and Energy, Czech Republic (10-15’)

12:20 Discussion in breakout rooms on the above 4 topics in parallel : a) Climate ambition increase b) Territorial Just Transition Plans, c) National Recovery and Resilience Plans d) Programming for Cohesion Policy (Partnership Agreements & Operational Programmes)

12:40 Reporting back from the 4 breakout rooms to plenary

13:10 Conclusions (NSC-FoE Hungary, CEE Bankwatch, CAN Europe)



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
This event has been organized also with the financial assistance of the European Union. The content of the event is the sole responsibility of the organizers and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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