Call for Interest – Just Transition Platform Working Groups
The European Commission is seeking expressions of interest from stakeholders from the EU territories most affected by the transition to a sustainable and climate-neutral economy, willing to be member of one of the Just Transition Platform (JTP) working groups.
What is JTP?
The JTP was set up by the European Commission in 2020 to assist EU Member States and regions to unlock the support available through the Just Transition Mechanism. It gives technical and advisory support for stakeholders from the territories that are heavily dependent on fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries and face specific social, economic, and environmental challenges related to the transition process.
What will the JTP working groups do?
The JTP has four working groups, each acting as a forum for exchanging and tackling various challenges that are common to stakeholders involved in the transition process. They will develop the strategic approach of engaging and involving different stakeholder groups at the level of the implementation of the Just Transition Fund. The common objectives are problem-solving, advocacy and stakeholder inclusion to achieve the wider goals of the JTP, which will be implemented though a multi-level and multi-stakeholder governance approach with a view of developing a common just transition vision. However, these working groups will not have the status of Commission expert groups.
Three JTP working groups have a thematic focus on a carbon-intensive sector (steel, cement, chemicals) to exchange and develop practical solutions to ensure that the decarbonisation of the respective industry happens in a fair way, leaving no one behind.
The fourth working group on horizontal stakeholder strategy will be of cross-cutting nature and will focus on the identification and assessment of approaches and good practices to engage all stakeholder groups.
Who can apply under this call?
Members of the Working Groups will comprise Member State authorities, organisations at Union level, including those representing regional authorities and cities, and other public entities (social partners, civil society, NGOs, industrial and economic actors and academia). Member States' authorities and other public entities shall nominate their representatives and shall be responsible for ensuring that their representatives provide a high level of expertise in the field of just transition in the specific sector (cement, steel, chemicals or horizontal stakeholder strategy).
An expression of interest can be submitted by Member States' authorities and other public entities under the conditions defined in the Call. Full information on this call is available here.
Deadline for submission of expression of interest: 8 October 2021