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Just transition in Central and Eastern Europe: Experiences from Austria, Czech Republic, North Macedonia and Romania

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Just transition in Central and Eastern Europe
Experiences from Austria, Czech Republic, North Macedonia and Romania

Hosted by Central European University (CEU)


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  1. Ana Stojilovska, PhD Researcher at Central European University, Budapest
  2. Colin Kimbrell, PhD Researcher at Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  3. Roxana Bucata, Freelance journalist and communicator, Romania

Moderator: Michael LaBelle, Associate Professor, CEU Departments of Economics and Business, and Environmental Sciences and Policy

We will also be sharing the recording on our EPRG blog following the event. For more info, contact

The production and consumption of energy based on fossil fuels are responsible for around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions which is the leading cause of climate change. Just transition is recognized by the EU as one of the main concepts to ensure transition towards climate neutral economy and decarbonized energy sector. As Frans Timmermans Executive Vice-President of the European Commission stated “We must show solidarity with the most affected regions in Europe, such as coal mining regions and others, to make sure the Green Deal gets everyone’s full support and has a chance to become a reality.” In order to implement this, the EU would mobilize at least €150 billion over the period 2021-2027 in the most affected regions, to alleviate the socio-economic impact of the transition.

Join us on 7th April at 17:30 via Zoom and learn more about:

  • What is the current state of play of just transition in the Central and Eastern Europe countries?
  • What are the main social and economic challenges and opportunities of the just transition in these countries?
  • What are good practices to look up for inspiration to the coal intensive communities to switch to renewables?
  • How the just transition future looks like in the Central and Eastern Europe countries?
  • What should happen over the next year to enhance just transition and be a step closer to solve climate change by 2030?

Event scenario:

  • Introduction 3 minutes (Michael, Varvara)
  • 7-minute video (Initiative video)
  • Each panelist 10-15 minutes presentation (PowerPoint is not a requirement)
  • Q&A 30 minutes

The webinar on climate actions in Central Europe is part of  a global educational webinar series on climate solutions between April 6-14, called Solve Climate by 2030. Involving over 100 universities worldwide this year, the initiative aims to reach 100.000 students worldwide.

The main organizers of the event at Bard College asked that each webinar joining to the Solve Climate by 2030 proposes a set of 3 feasible and realistic policy actions, which could be implemented on the short term to improve the national/local responses to climate change by 2030 (in CEU's case Central Europe). These 3 actions will also be presented at a common webinar, where one student from each webinar will present the three actions, they identified for their region/country.

  • 4.6.21- A Global Dialog webinar series
    Green Recovery / Climate Solutions / Just Transition

University and high school students across the planet, along with civil society, faith organizations and businesses, will tune into 100 events in fifty countries, university-hosted regional webinars critical to our future. How can an ambitious Green Recovery based in state and local action put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030? Climate-concerned university and high school faculty worldwide, and across disciplines, will assign these webinars as homework, using them as a springboard for discussing regional climate solutions, energy justice, and a Green Recovery.  Attend the 2021 webinars and use them to #MakeClimateAClass. 

  • Why 2030?

The world’s top climate scientists have told us we have a ten-year window to make rapid reductions in the carbon pollution causing global warming in order to hold the warming to the low end of under 3 degrees F. If we don’t, we will severely destabilize the global climate, leading to extreme weather, droughts, floods and sea-level rise that will be increasingly hard for humans to manage.

Solve Climate by 2030 is supported by Bard College and the Open Society University Network.


With support co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union