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Central and Eastern Europe: new local and green jobs thanks to the European Modernisation Fund?

By Jana Cicmanova on 30 juin 2016

Central and Eastern Europe’s energy system is to be modernised by 2030 thanks to a new European funding instrument known as the “Modernisation Fund”. The fund will be using some 2% of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) allowances to support 10 lower income Member States in Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania and Romania) in “meeting the high investment needs relating to energy efficiency and the modernisation of their energy systems” between 2021 and 2030.

This timeframe, and the four years that will precede it, will be crucial to lay the foundations of a future-proof and resilient energy system. On the road from Paris, the creation of a truly “modern” energy system can be supported via this fund, and support the EU in its goal to become virtually carbon-free by 2050.

On the 20th of June, the day Environment Ministers met in Luxembourg to hold a policy debate on the ETS, Energy Cities joined forces with environmental NGOs CEE Bankwatch, Counter Balance and Change Partnership to require EU environment ministers to create an ETS Modernisation Fund that supports investment in phasing out fossil fuels, boosting energy savings and promoting local renewable energy production.

The ETS Modernisation Fund should also give priority to investments into local and regional projects, which are the most employment-rich means of investment and will help boost local and regional sustainable development.

Read the full letter published by the POLITICO magazine here.

Read Energy Cities’ position regarding the Modernisation Fund published this Spring

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