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Fundusz na rzecz Sprawiedliwej Transformacji

Opinion Number: CDR 418/2020
Rapporteur: OBERSNEL Vojko
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 02/07/2020
The European Committee of the Regions:

• welcomes the Just Transition Fund as a key tool in supporting the regions most affected by the transition towards climate neutrality and the fact that the proposal for the Just Transition Fund has taken on board key CoR recommendations set out in its opinion on socioeconomic structural change in Europe's coal regions;

• asks the European Commission to place the new Just Transition Fund under Heading 2 (Cohesion and Values) of the MFF 2021-2027 instead of Heading 3 (Natural Resources and Environment);

• is concerned about the delay the JTF may cause to the implementation of the main programmes of cohesion policy; is also concerned about the complexity and red tape that management of this new fund could create for the management of the main programmes of cohesion policy;

• calls for the scope of support of the Just Transition Fund to be expanded so that, in agreement with the European Commission and the Member States, local and regional authorities can include additional eligible projects in their territorial just transition plans;

• suggests giving managing authorities more flexibility by making transfers on a voluntary basis with a maximum amount of up to 1.5 times the amount of support from the JTF and only with the consent of the local and regional authorities involved;

• welcomes in this respect the creation of the Just Transition Platform, which should be built on the positive experiences with the carbon-intensive regions and other regions that have successfully managed to move from fossil fuels to clean energy sources. The CoR underlines that this platform should make sure that all relevant Commission services and the EIB work closely together to address structural change in the affected regions. The CoR undertakes to engage closely in the operation of the Just Transition Platform, in particular by co-organising an Annual Forum of Just Transition Regions with the European Commission;

• stresses that EU provisions on state aid need to allow for flexibility when eligible regions in transition want to attract private investment;