Executive Vice-President Šefčovič visits Slovenia and Croatia for dialogue on coal regions in transition and talks on climate action and competitiveness

Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Maroš Šefčovič, is travelling to Slovenia (10-11 July) and Croatia (11-12 July) this week to take part in the fifth Annual Policy Dialogue of the Coal Regions in Transition Initiative and discuss with national and regional authorities and stakeholders the initiatives undertaken to advance the green transition and decarbonise European industry.

Today in Slovenia, the Executive Vice-President will meet bilaterally with the Minister of Economy, Tourism and Sport, Matjaž Han, and the Minister of Environment, Climate and Energy, Bokan Kumer.

Tomorrow, he will travel to the city of Velenje, where he will take part in the annual Coal Regions in Transition Initiative Dialogue, co-organised by the Commission, involving stakeholders from all EU coal, peat, lignite and oil shale regions. Together, they will take stock of the progress achieved so far through the initiative, the support and investments made through the Just Transition Fund and the common challenges and opportunities in the current energy landscape.

Executive Vice President Šefčovič will deliver the opening speech and He will take part in the opening session ‘More than 5 years of coal regions in transition: perspectives of industrial and ecological transition in coal regions’. Later, he will visit the project of revitalization of a degraded area on Lake Velenje and four different locations in the city with ecological projects, followed by a high-level working lunch with the governors of coal regions.

The Executive Vice-President, who will arrive in Croatia tomorrow, will meet with Minister for Environmental Protection and Green Transition Marija Vučković. On Friday, he will hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Minister of Economy Ante Šušnjar. He will also take part in a conference on the potential of clean technologies as drivers of competitiveness and economic growth in Croatia. He will deliver a keynote speech and participate in a high-level panel together with Minister for Regional Development and EU Funds Šime Erlić and State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Pensions, Family and Social Policy Ivan Vidiš.

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