Supporting a just climate transition in Slovakia
The Commission supports Slovakia in setting out a strategy for a fair climate transition in the regions of Horna Nitra, Banska Bystrica and Kosice.
The Horna Nitra region has a historical activity of production of coal which is used for electricity generation and district heating. The Slovak Government decided to phase out of coal by 2023 and commissioned an Action Plan that would provide concrete steps and solutions for the economic transformation of the region. In 2020, Slovakia started to prepare Territorial Just Transition Plans for Horna Nitra, but also for Banska Bystrica and Kosice. These regions are particularly vulnerable to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The plans are essential to be able to access funding from the Just Transition Mechanism, in particular the Just Transition Fund.
In 2018, the Commission started its support for the just transition by developing a strategy for the region of Upper Nitra to transition out of coal.
Subsequently, the Commission continued the assistance to Slovakia in this area to facilitate conversion and rehabilitation of land and assets (brownfields) in Upper Nitra.
In addition, The Commission is also supporting the preparation and implementation of the Just Transition Mechanism in Slovakia in the regions of Horna Nitra, Banska Bystrica, and Kosice.
After a wide consultation of stakeholders at local, regional and national level, a strategy for the region of Upper Nitra to transition out of coal was prepared through TSI and adopted by the Slovak government in July 2019.
In 2021, the SRSP helped the Slovak authorities prepare a territorial just transition plan under the Just Transition Mechanism.
In 2022, the support will continue to help identify and prepare quality projects to be funded by the Just Transition Fund and build the overall capacity of the Slovak administration to support the implementation of the Just Transition Mechanism.