Political Festival of Europe - REAL DEAL Tent - no 138
PFOE - How can EU cohesion funds accelerate a green and just transition?
Organised by: Nyt Europa
With this event we aim to discuss the opportunities of using cohesion funding to support new initiatives that promotes a circular and green economy and a socially fair green transition for the citizens while constructively touching upon barriers or experienced gaps in the structure of the funding processes.
The transition towards climate neutrality cannot be achieved through environmental policies alone. Luckily, EU cohesion policy, which accounts for about one third of the EU budget, supports this process through country-specific investment strategies pinned to the European Green Deal ensuring that projects in alle EU regions are aligned with action on climate.
In addition to the traditional cohesion policy funds (European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund Plus), the newly created Just Transition Fund will support the transition in regions relying on fossil fuels and high-emissions industries over the period of 2021-2027 helping the regions most affected by the green transition.
With this event, we wish to learn from various current and former cohesion supported projects while exploring opportunities for green transition in Danish regions and reflecting on the priorities in the cohesion policy as they are outlined in for the period 2021-2027. The event will consist of a panel debate with relevant stakeholders followed by an interactive feature leading to a networking session where participants will be able to taste the outcomes of cohesion supported projects.
Moderator: Jacob Jørgensen, Nyt Europa
· Anne Handlos, Greater Copenhagen Food Startup, Copenhagen Business Hub
· Hanne Bregendahl Pihl, Head of Projects and Administration, North Denmark EU-Office
· Søren Bjerregaard Pedersen, CEO, Hydrogen Valley
· Kim Valentin, Member of Parliament (Venstre), European Affairs Committee
· Reserved for one more relevant stakeholder