Amended Proposal for Regulation establishing the Just Transition Fund

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Series Details COM (2020) 460
Publication Date 28/05/2020
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Summary:

Legislative initiative published by the European Commission on 28 May 2020, introducing a number of amendments to the original proposal setting up the Just Transition Fund (JTF), in light of the consequences of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Further information:

The European Commission adopted the original proposal in January 2020 as one of the pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism, in the framework of its Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP). The JTF aims to support economic diversification of the territories most affected by the climate transition and the reskilling and active inclusion of their workers and job seekers.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic affected the economic outlook for every Member State of the European Union (EU). However, different levels of national resilience and response to the shock across the EU raise the potential for distortion of the level playing field of the Single Market that can lead to increasing economic divergences and aggravate long-term growth challenges.

In this context, the Commission argues that investments in the green transition should be accelerated to promote long-term growth and economic resilience. It therefore proposes an increase of the funds made available for the JTF, in the framework of the revised proposal on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

The Council of the European Union reached an agreement on a common position concerning the draft law on 24 June. This did not include the financial provisions relating to the JTF, which are connected to the overall discussions on the MFF 2021-2027. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted the report setting out a position on 6 July.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2020:460:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EurActiv, 04/06/2020: The Just Transition Fund must reward climate ambition https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/opinion/the-just-transition-fund-must-reward-climate-ambition/
Bruegel: Blog, 11/06/2020: One last push is needed to improve the Just Transition Fund proposal https://www.bruegel.org/2020/06/one-last-push-is-needed-to-improve-the-just-transition-fund-proposal/
CAN Europe: Press Release, 25/06/2020: Council goes fossil fuel-free in Just Transition funding http://www.caneurope.org/publications/press-releases/1953-council-goes-fossil-fuel-free-in-just-transition-funding
WWF: News, 02/07/2020: ‘Unholy alliance’ of MEPs must not allow gas in Just Transition fund https://www.wwf.eu/?uNewsID=364592
EEB: Letter, 02/07/2020: The Just Transition must be fossil fuel-free – letter to the European Parliament’s REGI Committee https://eeb.org/library/the-just-transition-has-to-be-fossil-fuel-free-open-letter-to-the-european-parliament-regi-committee/
EPRS: Briefing, July 2020: Just Transition Fund https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2020)646180
Greenpeace: Press Release, 06/07/2020: Just Transition Fund must provide a just, green and fair transition, not line industry pockets https://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/uncategorized/4018/just-transition-fund-must-provide-a-just-green-and-fair-transition-not-line-industry-pockets-greenpeace/

News
EurActiv, 28/05/2020: Number crunching on expanded Just Transition Fund continues https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/number-crunching-on-expanded-just-transition-fund-continues/
Radio Poland, 28/05/2020: EU plans to give Poland biggest slice from Just Transition Fund https://www.polskieradio.pl/395/7785/Artykul/2520924
EUObserver, 29/05/2020: EU Commission: Five-fold aid increase for fossil-fuel regions https://euobserver.com/green-deal/148504
EurActiv, 24/06/2020: EU ministers exclude nuclear, fossil gas from green transition fund https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/eu-ministers-exclude-nuclear-fossil-gas-from-green-transition-fund/
Reuters, 25/06/2020: EU countries agree their green transition fund will not pay for move to nuclear or fossil gas https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN23W2G5
LRT News, 29/06/2020: In blow to Lithuania, natural gas excluded in EU’s transition fund https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1192916/in-blow-to-lithuania-natural-gas-excluded-in-eu-s-transition-fund
EurActiv, 06/07/2020: EU lawmakers divided over inclusion of natural gas in Just Transition Fund https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-lawmakers-divided-over-inclusion-of-natural-gas-in-just-transition-fund/
Agriland, 07/07/2020: EU parliament committee votes in favour of increased Just Transition Fund https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/eu-parliament-committee-votes-in-favour-of-increased-just-transition-fund/
EurActiv, 07/07/2020: MEPs ban nuclear from green transition fund, leave loophole for gas https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/meps-ban-nuclear-from-green-transition-fund-leave-loophole-for-gas/

Official
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Just Transition Fund https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2020/0006(COD)
European Commission: Opening Remarks by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at the Press Conference on a Green and Just Recovery https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_964
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 24/06/2020: Just Transition Fund: Council agrees on its partial negotiating position https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/06/24/just-transition-fund-council-agrees-on-its-partial-negotiating-position/
European Parliament: Press Release, 06/07/2020: Just transition in EU regions: support to people, economy and environment https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200703IPR82625/
Renew Europe Group: News, 06/07/2020: Just Transition Fund: Leaving no one behind on our way to climate neutrality by 2050 https://reneweuropegroup.eu/en/news/1553-just-transition-fund-leaving-no-one-behind-on-our-way-to-climate-neutrality-by-2050/
S&D Group: Newsroom, 06/07/2020: S&Ds successfully put socialist priorities at the core of the Just Transition Fund https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/sds-successfully-put-socialist-priorities-core-just-transition-fund

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