Proposal for a Regulation establishing the Just Transition Fund

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Series Details COM (2020) 22
Publication Date 14/01/2020
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Legislative initiative published by the European Commission in January 2020 setting up the Just Transition Fund (JTF), one of the three pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism aimed at supporting those regions across the European Union (EU) most affected by climate change and the green transition.

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As detailed in the Communication on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP), the Just Transition Mechanism is to focus on regions and sectors most affected by the transition given their dependence on fossil fuels or greenhouse gas-intensive industrial processes. The mechanism comes in additional to the contribution of the EU's budget through all instruments directly relevant to the transition, notably the European Regional Development Fund (‘ERDF’) and the European Social Fund Plus (‘ESF+’).

The Just Transition Fund is one of the three pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism. Its focus is on the economic diversification of the territories most affected by the climate transition and the reskilling and active inclusion of their workers and jobseekers. It is meant to support all Member States, with the distribution of its financial means reflecting the capacity of Member States to finance the necessary investments to cope with the transition towards climate neutrality.

The proposal was put forward by the Commission on 14 January 2020 alongside the SEIP Communication. The European Commission tabled an amended proposal on setting up the Just Transition Fund on 28 May 2020.

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Commentary and Analysis
CCRE: News, 14/01/2020: The Just Transition Fund: Welcome support for municipalities and regions, but will it be enough?
ZPP: Just Transition Fund – Polish perspective (28 January 2020)
IAI: Commentaries 01/20, January 2020: There Is No Green Deal without a Just Transition
Social Europe, 17/02/2020: Just Transition Fund can boost European coal phase-out
EPRS: Briefing, February 2020: Assesment of the Just Transition Fund proposal

EurActiv: Topics: Just Transition Fund
EurActiv, 10/01/2020: Just Transition Fund won’t come ‘at the expense’ of Cohesion, EU’s Ferreira claims
EurActiv, 15/01/2020: Poland, Germany get largest slices of Just Transition Fund
ERR News, 25/01/2020: Estonia challenging EU oil shale transition fund calculation methodology
EurActiv, 06/02/2020: Just Transition Fund to deepen Belgian debate over regional disparities
EurActiv, 12/02/2020: Commission warns of Green Deal failure if Transition Fund not well financed
EurActiv, 17/02/2020: Poland’s just transition bonus cut 50% under latest EU budget proposal

European Commission: Proposal for Regulation: European Green Deal – Just Transition Fund
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Just Transition Fund

ESO Records
Communication on the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (European Green Deal Investment Plan)
Communication on the European Green Deal

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