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Parliamentary questions
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16 March 2021
E-000186/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Ferreira
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000186/2021

Resources under the Just Transition Fund will be available to Member States when the territorial just transition plans identifying the territories the most negatively impacted by the socioeconomic costs of the transition towards a climate-neutral EU economy by 2050 will have been adopted, together with the corresponding programmes. They may be adopted upon the entry into force of the regulation for the Just Transition Fund expectedly around mid-2021.

Under the partnership principle that underpins Cohesion policy, Member States must involve the relevant local and regional authorities of the territories concerned for the preparation of the territorial just transition plans(1). Pursuant to Article 7(2)(f) of the Just Transition Fund Regulation, a description of the governance mechanisms consisting of the partnership arrangements needs to be included in the plans.

In order to optimise the impact of the Just Transition Fund and ensure all aspects of a just transition, the Fund’s resources should reinforce national policy response rather than replace the national budget foreseen for the implementation of the Strukturstärkungsgesetz (StStG(2)) in the territories also targeted by the Fund.

These national budgetary resources may nonetheless contribute to support provided in the framework of Just Transition Fund programmes, in the form of national co-financing. Moreover, the focus of the StStG is mainly on infrastructural measures, while the Just Transition Fund’s focus and scope go beyond this.

The Common Provisions Regulation does not include requirements in terms of assessing additionality.

(1) According to Recital 14 of the Just Transition Fund Regulation, as agreed in December by the co-legislators, ‘Member States should prepare, in social dialogue and cooperation with the relevant stakeholders, in accordance with the partnership principle established by Article 6 of Regulation (EU) …/… [new CPR], and supported by the Commission, territorial just transition plans, detailing the transition process, consistently with their National Energy and Climate Plans.’
(2)https://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start.xav#__bgbl__%2F%2F*%5B%40attr_id%3D%27bgbl120s1795.pdf%27%5D__1612263712346
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