Launch of the exchange programme for coal regions in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and the EU
Coal regions in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and the EU are invited to join an exchange programme to accelerate local energy transitions. The programme is an opportunity for regions to start direct, one-to-one dialogues, connect with different stakeholders, learn from each other and transfer knowledge.
The call for applicants was opened at the initiative’s annual meeting on 24 June 2021. Coal regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine and the EU are invited to participate in the exchange programme. EU regions that are frontrunners in relevant fields (for example renewable energy technology or smart specialisation) are also welcome to apply.
Participating regions will be paired based on their interests and expertise, and will select topics to be explored in-depth. They will benefit from funded study visits, knowledge exchange, and expert support. The programme offers support for up to 20 regions.
Interested applicants are invited to apply by 30 September 2021. Information on eligibility and application process is available at the programme’s webpage.
*The designation of Kosovo is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.