The European Commission has approved all requests made by 18 Member States for support with the preparation of their territorial just transition plans, which each Member State will have to draw up to get access to funding from the Just Transition Mechanism. The Just Transition Mechanism is part of the European Green Deal Investment Plan and will mobilise at least €100 billion of investments to provide additional targeted support to the regions most impacted by the transition towards a climate-neutral economy and with less capacity to deal with the challenge. The approval follows a dedicated call, launched by the Commission at the end of February 2020 under the Structural Reform Support Programme.
Under the Structural Reform Support Programme, the Commission will provide tailor-made expertise to, for example, help national and regional authorities:
- assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of the transition and outline the transition process up to 2030;
- build a dialogue among stakeholders, such as citizens, business and civil society, to reach a common vision on how to go about the transition;
- and identify actions to achieve a successful just transition.