Opening Session: The role of just transition in times of crisis with Commissioner Kadri Simson and Director-General Marc Lemaître

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To open the event, Commissioner Simson will deliver her keynote speech on REPowerEU and Europe’s energy perspectives considering the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is further exacerbating the need for a just transition and calls for an acceleration of the delivery on the European Green Deal. Following her intervention, Director-General for Regional and Urban Policy Marc Lemaître will moderate a panel discussion among young policymakers and NGOs representative. They will discuss how EU cohesion policy and the Just Transition Mechanism can help in times of crisis, how we can develop a vision on a green future for each region and support a futureproof economy to ensure that the accelerated transition out of fossil fuels can be done without leaving anyone behind.


Agenda (All times are in CEST)

10:00 – 10:05: Introduction and welcome

  • Marc Lemaître, Director-General, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy

10:05 - 10:20: Keynote speech

  • Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy

10:20 – 11:20: Moderated panel discussion

  • Miłosława Stępień, Just Transition Coordinator at CEE Bankwatch Network
  • Malte Gallée, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Michał Bieda, Vice-Mayor of Bytom
  • Konstantinos Filippidis, President of Association of Active Youths of Florina

11:20 – 11:30: Closing of the session

  • Marc Lemaître, Director-General, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy