Annual meeting of the Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

The Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine invites all interested stakeholders to join its online annual meeting on 23-24 June 2021, at 14h00-17h00 CEST.

The aim of the event is to support open, multi-stakeholder dialogue on coal phase-out and just transition towards sustainable energy sources in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

The initiative was launched in December 2020. It is jointly led by the European Commission and six collaborating international partners: the World Bank, the Energy Community secretariat, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Poland’s National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management (NFOSiGW), and the College of Europe in Natolin.

The meeting will bring together representatives of national and regional public authorities, international organizations, energy sectors, NGOs, academia, businesses, and media. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to understand the main challenges on the road towards decarbonization of the energy sector in coal regions, the socio-economic impact in the transition to clean energy, and the main perspectives of the energy transition. Participants will be able to discover exchange opportunities across coal regions and be informed about how to take part in these activities.

The event will also shed light on the benefits of cross-border cooperation, positive examples of transition in other countries, as well as synergies with the Initiative for coal regions in transition in the European Union. Finally, the meeting will feature presentations and updates from the European Commission and international partners leading the initiative. See the draft event agenda here.

To join the event, please register here. Registration closes on 21 June at 16:00 CEST.

For social media, the official hashtag is #coalregionsWBUA
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*The designation of Kosovo is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.