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Conference Just Transition - 5 December 2016 in Brussels

Trade unionists, mayors of coal regions / nuclear regions from Poland, Spain, Germany and France and politicians will discuss the social and economic consequences of a coal phase-out and nuclear phase-out.

On Monday, 5 December 2016, the Delegation DIE LINKE. in the European Parliament, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels in cooperation with Transform! Europe organise a conference on “Just transition” in Brussels.


The recently adopted Paris agreement on climate change should accelerate the decarbonisation of the global economy, since, for the first time, all countries have committed to become carbon neutral by the end of this century. Europe should approach carbon neutrality by 2050. Whereas these ambitious objectives have been established, the concrete strategy to make the low-carbon industry a reality in Europe is still to be developed. This is especially true in regions which rely heavily on carbon intensive activities and which often remain important employment providers.


We would like to discuss the concept of “Just transition” and possible opportunities and barriers to its implementation. What is the need for policy planning at regional level? What kind of governance structures do we need to ensure workers’ participation? Which initiatives at EU level are necessary to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon breakthrough technologies? How can we achieve a skilled workforce which is an asset in the transition of regions towards a low-carbon economy? How can the local support for decarbonisation be strengthened?

The aim of the conference is to create an exchange of views between trade unionists, politicians of left and green parties across Europe, and policy makers coming from coal regions such as Lusatia in Germany, Scotland in UK, and Asturias in Spain who face the political and economic consequences of a coal phase-out.

Due to the high number of registrations, we had to clos the registration procedure. If you would like to receive the video recording of the conference, please send an e-mail to:

Please find above the programme of the conference.


Cornelia Ernst

Member of European Parliament

Tel. +32 2 2847660 or +33 3 88 1 77660




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