Workshop: Cultivating Just Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

published 18.05.2021

Embrace the experience of the climate community from Central and Eastern Europe and learn from inspiring just transition projects.

On May 18th and 19th 2021, join others from the region who are striving for fossil-free societies where no one is left behind. Organized by Centre for Transport and Energy (CDE) and CAN Europe.

This free and participatory gathering is designed for you in order to cultivate your competences, your projects and the climate network as such.


What are the goals of the event?

  • to learn from practical experiences with just transition in the Central and Eastern Europe
  • to increase quality of public participation and vision-building in the processes of just transition
  • to create a space for learning from each other


The program is based on non-formal education principles and speakers who are going to share their experiences. Story-telling, workshops, group work and space for reflection. Please take into account that it is essential that you are going to participate in both days of the event.

Cultivate just transition with us and apply for the event before May 10th

If you have any questions about the event, do not hesitate to contact Tomáš (


Day 1 - May 18th

9:00 -  10:00  Official Welcome, Setting the Base, Ice-breaking

10:00 - 10:15  Break time

10:15 - 11:45  Experience Market

  • 4 speakers from 3 different countries, presentation and discussion
  • important lessons learnt and stories shared with participants
  • Speakers: Elena Nikolovska from Eko-Svest (North Macedonia), Adina Vintan from Valea Jiuluji Society (Romania), Filip Vilga + Lenka Ilčíková from Priatelie Zeme (Slovakia)

11:45 - 12:45  Lunch break

12:45 - 14:15  Magic of Participation (2 parallel workshops)

  • tips and tricks on how to run a high quality participatory processes
  • planning how to use those in your realities
  • Speakers: Tomáš Rákos and Dagmar Schmidt

14:15 - 14:45  Harvesting, Check-out (group work)


Day 2 - May 19th

8:45 - 9:00  Reconnecting, Intro of the day

9:00 - 10:15  Vision for the coal regions (presentation and discussion)

  • participants learn about what does a good vision-building look like and how to approach strategic work
  • speaker Agata Kuźmińska from Green Future Institute, Poland

10:15 - 10:30  Break time

10:30 - 12:25  Just Transition Open Space

  • space for all the participants to offe workshops/discussion/group work
  • usefull lessons leart and tips shared and discussed

12:25 - 12:35  Break time

12:30 - 13:00  Harvesting and closing


Confirmed speakers:

Adina Vintan from Valea Jiuluji Society in Romania

  • Adina Vintan is the founder of Valea Jiului Society and the Valea Jiului Implicată NGOs Coalition. Together with her colleagues from the 19 local NGOs members of the Coalition, she is very actively involved in the development of the Jiu Valley region and its coal transition process, including the development of strategic development documents for the Jiu Valley, and community building.
Tomáš Rákos from Participation Factory
  • Tomas is an Expert on Participatory Planning and Public Engagement. Participation Factory is a social enterprise that mainstreams participation and data-driven approaches into governance and process design. They strongly believe that a community that runs on a deep understanding of the needs and preferences of all is the one that will continuously increase the quality of life of its members and will produce the most effective and sustainable solutions to any old and new challenges faced by it.

Dagmar Schmidt from Lusatian Perspectives, Germany

  • Lusatian Perspectives is a think tank aiming at opening new perspectives on the transformation in the Lusatia coal mining region. We are bringing together regional, national and international actors from all sectors of society to allow for open debate and dialogue. Dagmar Schmidt is one of our initiators, founding members and the Chairwoman of the Board. Her engagement has been critical in shaping our activities. Serving as a board member from 2016, she has been a constant driving force for forward-moving action. Dagmar is a social entrepreneur whose process-designs, facilitation methods and developmental approaches form the basis of our partnership projects and network concepts.

Lenka Ilčíková and Filip Vilga from Friends of the Earth, Slovakia

  • Filip Vilga and Lenka Ilčíková from Priatelia Zeme-CEPA in Slovakia (CEE Bankwatch Network member group) are dedicated to the transformation of slovakian coal region Upper Nitra. 

Elena Nikolovska from Ekosvest, North Macedonia

  • Elena Nikolovska from North Macedonia is the Communications Manager at the Center for environmental research and information "Eko-svest". Elena has experience in putting just transition in national policy and has begun working with local communities in order to form a solar cooperation. 

Agata Kuźmińska from Green Future Institute, Poland

  • Agata Kuźmińska from Eastern Wielkopolska is a head of Green Future Institute in Konin, who has been working over three years on just transition there.

Rumyana Grozeva from Regional Economic Development Agency, Bulgaria

  • Dr. Rumyana Grozeva is Managing Director of the Regional Economic Development Agency оf Stara Zagora and a Member of the Board of the Industrial Zone "Zagore". Doctor  in economics from ERI of BAS. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of regional development, management of projects with EU funding, targeted  at different aspects of sustainable regional development in partnership with international institutions and organizations, government institutions, SMEs. Since 2018 is the Project Manager of De Carb Project (Interreg EUROPE), targeted at low-carbon economy transition


The event is facilitated by Klára Berg.


The workshop is held within the project UNIFY: Bringing the EU together on climate
, which has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union.
This project is also part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
. The information and views that will be set out in this workshop are those of
the organisers and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European
Commission and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and
Nuclear Safety (BMU).

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