The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has opened the public consultation to engage with stakeholders on the EU Just Transition Fund. The EU Just Transition Fund will support European regions most affected by the transition to climate neutrality by enabling economic development and diversification and helping people adapt to a changing labour market.
Up to €84.5 million has been allocated to Ireland under the EU Just Transition Fund and the Government will also match this funding with Exchequer resources.
The aim of the public consultation is to invite stakeholder feedback on a draft of Ireland’s Territorial Just Transition Plan for the EU Just Transition Fund. Ireland’s Territorial Just Transition Plan will focus on the transition process in the wider Midlands region as a result of the move away from peat extraction.
Individuals and organisations can complete an online survey to give their views on the transition process and draft Territorial Plan. The Department will also be holding two online workshops to allow for more in-depth discussions on priorities for the EU Just Transition Fund on the 18th and 25th January – instructions for registering are at the link above. Please note that capacity is limited and no more than two people per organisation may attend. A third online workshop specifically dedicated to young people aged 16 – 24 living, working or studying in the region is also being organised directly with national youth representative organisations.
The public consultation will run until Monday 14th February 2022. More information on the public consultation is available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/352c3-public-consultation-on-the-eu-just-transition-fund/.